Don't Drown

As a young boy, my grandmother would take my brother and me to the local swimming pool to take swimming lessons. Although, my brother was excited I dreaded the idea of being emerged in the deep end of the pool. It took me forever to change into my swim trunks, I sat on the bench in the locker-room for as long as I could. The sound of water splashing and other kids screaming and laughing caused my soul to cringe. 

Getting in the water to me wasn't the hard part, the hard part was following the instructions of a person that had my life in their hands. My fears held me back from learning how to swim. After several attempts, the lifeguard directed me to the lower end of the pool. In the lower end, I felt safer because it was a smaller amount of water and fear didn't exist. 

It wasn't until I was older that I realized my fear wasn't the water but the fear of drowning. The process of learning how to swim required me to relax my mind and body. My fear of drowning caused my mind to panic and my body to react in a negative way. What I failed to realize is that the lifeguard had been trained and certified to handle any issue that happened in or around the water. At the time the only thing that was on my mind was drowning.

Over time I learned that the more I fought the water and lifeguard the more my chances to drown grew. At the time I didn't understand the process, what was more important at the time was my life. The real issue was that I didn't need to know all the details, my only job was to trust the process. There will be plenty of times on this journey called life where we won't know all the details. Do we allow our fears to take control of those situations? 

Our walk with Christ is similar to my story, too many times we fear the process. Christ died on the cross so that we may live and have life abundantly. Free will has caused us to believe that we have all the answers to all the issues we may face in life. We tend to forget that Christ has been seated on the right side of the throne and an intercessor on our behalf.

The more we fight our fears and Christ our lifeguard we risk the chance of drowning. In Matthew chapter 14 we find Peter in disbelief asking Jesus to call him onto the water. Immediately, Peter had the confidence he needed to step out the boat onto the water. As he began his walk towards Jesus he took his eyes off of the lifeguard of life and shifted his focus to the storm. The moment he took his eyes off of Jesus he began to drown.

How many times have you allowed the circumstances surrounding you cause you to take your eyes off God? Our ability to see the dangerous of ahead is limited, and we must learn to fully trust an all-knowing God. He knew us long before we were created in our mother's womb. Learning to walk with Christ is a process and it happens over time, we must learn that our Father will never leave or forsake us. It was Peter faith that allowed him to walk on water with Christ, but it was his focus that caused him to drown as well.

Today, what are you focused on? Are you focused on your fears or are you focused on a God that is more than certified to rescue you in moments of danger? Don't fight the process or your help, relax and trust that God knows exactly what you stand in need of. Give your fears to an experienced and certified God. In times of danger trust that God has his eye on you and no matter what happens in life, don't allow fear to take you under, Don't Drown!!!

 

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