This weekend, I learned about some swimming races near my house at the local reservoir. I learned about these “Aquaman” races from a nice lady after I attempted to do an open water swim at a pond near the mountains here in Denver. My swimming was very disappointing to me & when I got out of the pond, I didn’t feel friendly whatsoever. Nevertheless, I started chatting with the lady nearby & she was very kind & informative. We had a lovely conversation & she helped me know of some open water swimming options that sound really fun!
I say this to encourage you about those moments when you’re struggling or discouraged. Remember that God can encourage & strengthen you in a variety of ways that are often unexpected. Be careful if you’re discouraged not to turn inward so much that you don’t allow God to help or strengthen you with creative ideas & unexpected encouragement!
I like to swim & maybe someday I’ll get really good at it. In the meantime, I practice & make incremental improvements. For example, my favorite laps are when I do “pull” swimming – all arms & no kick. I particularly like it when I get in a rhythm / synch & can review my Bible verses as I swim. There’s a beautiful synch experience that I love when this happens & is the antithesis of sinking 🙂
I think this same parallel exists when it comes to walking with the Holy Spirit – there’s a very supernatural synch that happens when keep cadence with the Holy Spirit & when we get out of step, we tend to sink. Just some nice food for thought on this happy Tuesday 🙂
When my kids were younger, we experienced the wonderful invention of zero depth pools, with a gradual depth increase. In contrast to zero depth, when I grew up, there was only the ladder on the side of the pool for climbing in gradually or one could hurl herself into the public pool that wasn’t heated for a shocking jolt.
When I think about trusting God, I prefer to do the trust adventure in a zero depth paradigm – gentle & gradual increase with time & space aplenty. But there are times in God’s sovereign wisdom that we have to jump in the deep end with trusting God. Deep end trust with God could be decisions we make about the future (jobs, marriage, etc), concerns with our kids, relationships, etc.
With God’s help, let’s determine that we’ll be agile with both ways of trusting God: the big plunge & zero depth 🙂
Today we are going back to the malnutrition clinic where we spent alot of time last year. This is the same clinic where we got to know Belito & they told me that we can visit him again this year so I’m looking forward to checking in w him & seeing how’s he’s doing! I’m also a little introspective because I have a little bit of a sense of some of the infants we will get to meet today along w their moms hopefully.
With this trip, I want to be fully present & I want to lavishly love no matter what shape the person is in.
But presently I’m a bit challenged to be loving bc my sleep last night was almost non-existent due to the night long street disco party & our early departure, coupled w the last 3 days of travel. So truthfully, I’m finding myself in the “just keep swimming” mode, as Dori would say in “Finding Nemo”. Just keep swimming, Sarah 🙂
I really like to swim – when i was in uni, i took a swimming conditioning class & totally loved getting into a rhythm in a pool w just me the water & black line at the bottom. There’s something about that groove that is very soothing to me, even though i may not be in uber swim fit condition. I wasn’t always such a whippy swimmer, but i’ve always liked swimming.
My husband, on the other hand, isn’t such a whippy swimmer. When we were 1st married, i freaked out one time when i watched him swim from a boat to the shore in a small lake. He kind of looked like he was drowning.
When i took my swimming conditioning class at uni, they taught us a few water safety basics – one of which is to never directly approach a drowning person to help them. Despite being a great person, someone who is drowning will grab at anything or anyone to avoid drowning – self preservation instinct.
Can i invite you to make this parallel in our daily living? There are alot of times when we may feel like we’re drowning in problems, debt, relationship problems, emotional issues, fear, uncertainty, pain . . . . . and any combination or variety of issues. In order not to drown or be overcome with these things, in an attempt to survive, we grab at lots of different things with intense desperation: achievements, money, addictions, people, . . . . Truth be known, there’s nothing in our lives that can keep us floating, that can truly sustain us, except Jesus & His Word. When you feel like you’re drowning, get a death grip on Jesus so He can be who He authentically is in your life – your Savior.