Do you ever feel like you are drowning in life? Whether it be at: work, school, in a marriage, in debt, or in a relationship?
When my children were little they used to wear floaties around their arms until they learned to swim. Supervised of course. Now some of my grandchildren wear them. But, what happens when we get into a situation in life where floaties are not enough to hold us up, and we are too far of shore for someone to throw us a life ring? When we scream – “I’m drowning here! Is anyone there? Can anyone hear me?” Better yet, we ask – “Does anyone care?”
I know what it’s like to be drowning. To begin a life event with such high hopes, dreams, and aspirations that my heart was elated! Yet, over time and as nothing changed with each passing day, month, and year it began to get deflated. It began, for me, in the reversal process.
First any aspirations I had were chipped away until all that was left was a remnant so small it could not feed a mouse. I’m a pretty good swimmer, and now I begin to start treading water. It is okay because I still have my hopes and dreams. They can carry a person far, and sometimes turn things around. You may know exactly what I am talking about. With each nod of your head you are recounting a circumstance in your life.
As time passes each dream begins to get deflated. When this began I could also feel my heart begin to come down to a lower elevation. Panic begins to kick in, and as each dream is erased treading water does not become enough. Now I try to incorporate floating on my back. With the last dream punctured, so is one of my floaties. All I am left with is the floatie of hope. Will that be enough?
That last question is different for everyone. With aspirations, and dreams gone they now circle hope like sharks waiting to attack. They remind hope of what once was, and is now gone. They are a reminder that you are out here – drowning. With no rescue in sight, no change in circumstance, and tired arms the floatie of hope begins a slow leak.
If that is you, or ever has been you I understand fully. I too have been out in the deep waters – struggling, crying, and with all my strength trying to inflate the situation back to its original buoyancy. Until I came across a verse in one of my bible studies, “Do you believe this?” (Jn. 11:26b HCSB)
Do I believe what? My eyes were so focused on my drowning that all I could think of was how to save it, and myself. I had to back track to read the verse before it. John 11:25 says, “Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in Me, even if he dies, will live.” (HCSB). What stands out immediately to me is who Jesus is talking to – a woman. He said to “her.” I love that because as women we are more emotional. That’s just how God wired us. Not that men aren’t at all.
What did I inflate my floaties with? Me, myself, and I? What about you? Of course, because when we focus only on ourselves – we drown. But, notice Jesus goes on to say “The one who believes in Me, even if he dies, will live.” Our situation may come to an end. The marriage will be over, the relationship will end, we will leave our current job, eventually we will graduate, whatever your situation it may come to an end. But, with Jesus if we inflate our floaties with Him – we live.
Jesus gives us new floaties! Those floaties won’t deflate, or fail us. When the sharks of life attack, they won’t be able to puncture. When they say “I will attack (insert your name) while he is weak and weary, throw him into a panic.”(2 Sm. 17:2a HCSB) Instead Jesus says “Everyone who lives and believes in Me will never die – ever.” (Jn. 11:26a HCSB) We will have a new life, and a new heart, a new joy that cannot be removed. (Ez. 36: 24-30) This means a new skip in our step, perhaps a butterfly stroke or two, and new floaties! I think I would like to have some princess floaties. I’ve attached a picture so you can see. What about you?
As we frantically try not to drown in life’s messy waters let’s ask ourselves; where is our focus? What fills our floaties? And answer the question Jesus asks, “Do you believe this?” (Jn. 11:26b HCSB)
©Gentle Whisper Ministries 2015
*picture by aliexpress