One of my favorite memories as a kid was being by the water. Even better, to be swimming, especially underwater.
Seeing everything so clearly, removing all other distractions. Just me, underwater, awake and aware to the wonder around me.
The thrill when I could first do a somersault underwater, then two in a row, then three.
Learning to hold my breath, and swim back and forth between the sides, all underwater.
Throwing weights then diving off poolside to retrieve them, trying to make as little splash as possible.
The brightness of those memories had faded a bit, hiding in the recesses of my memory, until today.
My cousin posted a few pictures of my beloved goddaughter this morning, and one picture especially caught my eye:
And all the wonder I remember came flooding back in a crashing wave of longing.
I haven’t been swimming for over a year now. I have allowed a few physical setbacks and my own mental mindset of feeling like a beluga on display rob me of that joy of being in the water.
My love for the water was drowning without attracting my attention as it slowly tried silently slipping away.
Our relationship with God can slip away just like that, when we take our eyes off of Him and look at the storm surrounding us, or those we are in the boat with.
He calls us to step out into the water. To wade in to the new depths of relationship He has for us, to trust Him and not focus on the unknown of what may be ahead.
To dive into His love with reckless abandon, no holds back, and find ourselves there, soaking in His presence. New with possibility. Alive and aware of all the wonder happening around us.
Some have been called to walk on the water, to place their trust in God and walk out miracles.
If you are feeling way over your head without a lifeline to reach out to, you are in the wrong pool.
Pools are man made.
God is calling you into His ocean.
Into the love He has for you its foundation.
His support its rocky shores & sandy beaches.
His presence the refreshing waters.
He is all over, around us. Above, below, beside, before, with us. Alive.
The waters in the pool you chose instead will not overtake you if you ask for Him to throw you a life preserver.
He is in the business of new life.
And yours is just waiting.
The Son’s radiance is glinting off the top of the water. You can just hear the murmuring of hope the Spirit is whispering over the crisp air. The love of the Father is drawing you home.
Are you ready to jump into His waters, and all He has for you?