On Jul 16, 2013 12:09 PM, “Valrelyn Parson” wrote: all copyrights reserved
Learning to swim is a lot like trusting; you have to trust that the skill you have acquired will help you survive the currents and the tides. The very first step is learning to float, which requires being able to surrender completely. Maybe that’s why I haven’t learned to swim; it’s the deep fear of surrendering completely to someone or something. I need to realize “for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self control.’ It is all about trusting.
Trusting, like floating, is so hard to do and also requires surrendering completely. It’s so hard to let go of the reins when you’ve been used to being in control. Floating involves being able to let go and relax and lie back peacefully in the water. You will either learn to float, struggle to keep yourself up, or drown because you have become so exhausted from your fears and become defeated. It is only when you can completely surrender and lie back, allowing the water to hold you, will you learn to swim. It’s just like turning our prayers over to God and leaving them there, allowing Him to answer them without our constant interference.
Why do we have such a hard time surrendering and trusting when we know in our hearts it’s the right thing to do? If I close my eyes I can imagine myself floating, calmly on the seas of life. I know that You are there holding me and protecting me. But when I open my eyes, my fears return. I realize that You “are with me until the end of time.”
“When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you”. Maybe learning to trust has more to do with learning to be obedient. Many of us have issues with the word obey. We don’t like the thought of being told what to do. We don’t like rules, restrictions, or unsolicited advice even if what we are told is for our best interest. So often trust comes through obedience and surrendering. If God told you to do something, would you hesitate or would you listen? Many of us are so afraid of our own limitations that we won’t step out on faith and allow ourselves to swim.
It is when we learn to trust Christ that we can lie back and rest in His arms. We can allow Him to carry us where He wants us to go. But we have to be willing to give in to Him completely. We have to release whatever fears we have that are holding us back. If not, we will forever be in the kiddy pool trapped by our own fears.
Our total immersion into the water depends on our willingness to give in completely. Many of us love to claim that we are beyond the beginner’s stages and we are no longer floating or dog paddling. Some, even claim to be Olympic swimmers, feeling they no longer need to rely on God to lead them. If you watch them carefully they are drowning in the tides of life. What if God called us into deeper waters…would our fears hold us back? Would we be so focused on our inability to trust him with our life that we can’t move forward into the water? It is our faith that sustains us in the water. You can’t grab hold of the water…you have to relax and have a positive attitude. You don’t want to appear to be frantic and grasp for the first thing you see. We were conceived in water…our souls were birthed out of water. Yet many of us are afraid of the water.
I am standing on the edge of the pool, my only choice is to trust You. It means that I am not fighting, that I have surrendered. To surrender means that I don’t think of you as my enemy but as my Friend. Once I began to trust You, I can enjoy myself. I can start splashing in the pool. I can lie back, float in the water, and trust You to guide me along. Surrendering is allowing God to be in control and not questioning His judgment. I am trusting in the shallow waters which prepare me for trust in the deep end. As I lie back on the still waters, and trust them to hold me up, I am reminded of your promises: “What does it mean to humble yourself, before the Lord and He will lift you up.’ I am trusting in you completely. I am willing to release my need to fight and just relax and lay back. Our faith is often tested in the deep end, but it is through our trust in God that He will give us peace to survive the currents. We often don’t realize that trusting in the Lord gives much more than peace. He offers us a refreshed and renewed spirit. So maybe you are as I was, afraid to venture out of the kiddie pool into the deep end. I want you to just close your eyes and step out on faith. If you allow yourself to just float and allow God’s hand to guide you, He will always hold you up if you trust in Him.