Into the Deep

Give your burdens to the Lord, and he will take care of you. He will not permit the godly to slip and fall.

Psalm 55:22

Do you know how to swim? How did you learn? Did you take lessons or get the ‘sink-or-swim’ treatment? I can swim but I have never been really good. My journey to swimming competence was like many of you which consisted of jumping in and trying not to drown. This is how it happened. I was probably about eight years old and I was at a relatives house. This relative (who will go unamed for their saftey) was someone I trusted and had a lot of respect for so when they said they would teach me how to swim, I was excited. What I did not expect was what happened next. They took me to edge of the deep end and pushed me in. When I came up for air, along with my panic, I heard them say, “Just paddle. Kick your legs, move your arms. Movement means life.” I wasn’t real sure what all that meant but I was too scared to argue. I started moving every part of my body that would move. It was probably a really comical site to behold. I also did not care about that. My goal was to live. I kicked, I paddled, and started to slowly move toward the edge. Movement was life. When I finally made it to the edge and caught my breath. When I could manage talking again I asked, “Why would you do that? Couldn’t you have just told me how to do it?” They said, “Some things you have to experience for yourself.” I never forgot that. Movement is life.

That’s true for surviving reckless relatives and it’s true in life too. Many times we will experience negative situations in life. The most important decision is what to do when you experience pain. Do you stay there and marinate in it or do you move toward Jesus. When pain hits, movement is life. Moving toward Jesus so you can give your burdens to Him. Too many times, we experience pain and we feel paralyzed. We stay right in the middle of pain and it gets more and more difficult. Let’s not play that game today. When life throws you into the deep end, remember that movement is life. Move toward Jesus through prayer, reading His Word, and worship. Give your burdens to the Lord and leave it there. 

Action Steps

  • I will be quick to move toward Jesus. 
  • I will leave it with Jesus.
  • I will move as often as I need to in order to stay above the water of life. 

Prayer Starter:

“Today, I will move toward you. Every moment of pain will be a reminder to move toward you.”

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