My husband, Chris, and I had just returned from a relaxing date night and were standing pool-side talking to his parents and watching our sons play, when our 5 year old got a little too far into the deep end, panicked and started flailing in the water.
Our 8 year old, seeing his brother in distress, decided to act as first responder and jumped back into the pool to help him out.
Both boys were in over their heads; and now, both were struggling. To make matters worse, they clung to each other trying to save themselves all the while pushing each other deeper under the water.
Chris handed me his cell phone, jumped in fully clothed and rescued his sons. When all emerged, the boys began to bicker and accuse, “You were pulling me under! Why were you trying to drown me! I was trying to help you and you kept pulling me under.”
While under duress, engulfed by their own circumstances, neither boy was able to see beyond their limited perspective. All they knew was they needed help but their helper only made their situation worse.
Can you relate? Are you in over your head, struggling to survive, clinging to someone or something that only propels you deeper into the pit?
First, I want you to know that there is hope. Salvation is near.
Maybe not tangibly like a fully clothed dad who swoops in to save the day. But rather a Heavenly Father who loves you so much that He held nothing back to demonstrate the magnitude of His love.
A Savior who not only knows the water, but created it, calms it, parts it and defies the pull from its depths to walk freely on its surface as though solid ground.
A Savior who holds the power to have saved Himself from the grueling death of execution on a wooden cross; yet, chose to endure it so that He could overcome it and rescue the lost and broken for eternity.
Second, it’s time to let go!
Release the person or thing you are holding on to preventing you from thriving or even surviving.
Are you lost? Broken? Barely holding on?
Who or what are you clinging to?
Where are you looking to for salvation?
Maybe you are you the one stuck struggling in the deep end, trying to rescue the drowning when you can barely tread water yourself?
Regardless, I urge you to turn to Jesus. Yield it all to Him. Reach out and take His hand. Trust Him to pull you out of the deep and into the love and safety of Himself.
Matthew 11:28-30 ESV
Jesus said, “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”