When you’re in over your head, I’ll be with you.
Oh, the deep waters of a little child’s life! I had to laugh as I scooped up the pile of wet swim suits and towels and headed to the laundry room. What a grand effort for a swimming adventure that lasted all of fifteen minutes! But it was well worth it for the sweet little giggles, crazy fun splashes, and a good long nap! Perhaps best of all, we are making wonderful, joy-filled memories that will never leave our hearts.
As my youngest grandson sleeps off our adventure, I couldn’t help but reflect on our time in the “big pool.” It was a new experience for him and not one that he readily understood. You see, the little sweetie loves his kiddie pool at home. He’s even talked his momma into getting in with him fully clothed on at least one occasion! In that pool, he can toddle around, splash, lay down, play freely, and do just about anything he wants to, unhindered, in the entire pool.
But the big pool at Mimi’s, well, that was different! He didn’t want anything to do with staying in the “boat” as we called the inflatable ring with the sun shield. What? Be confined to that thing? And my feet don’t touch! “Down! Down!” he cried.
He wanted free reign to take on the whole pool! At 22 months, he could not comprehend that the water was deeper than he was tall. Unsatisfied with playing on the steps or being held in my arms, he finally burst into tears of frustration. Oops, pool time was over.
I wonder how many of us grown-ups know exactly how he felt! I know I do. In fact, just last week I had something unexpected happen and, I have to admit, it tempted me to cry in frustration too! I so wanted to take off into deeper waters, confident I was ready. And then, with one unexpected complication, I was immediately over my head in the deep waters of life.
As I grappled with the sudden change in depth, the Spirit of the Lord was there to bring me courage and to calm to me with these passages in Isaiah:
“Don’t be afraid, I’ve redeemed you.
I’ve called your name. You’re mine.
When you’re in over your head, I’ll be there with you.
When you’re in rough waters, you will not go down.
When you’re between a rock and a hard place,
it won’t be a dead end—
Because I am God, your personal God,
The Holy of Israel, your Savior.
When you go through deep waters, I will be with you.
When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown.
“Another time, sweetie. It is too deep for you right now. The deep waters are over your head.” After getting him all dried off and back at home for a nap, I marveled at how much we are like this with God. Aren’t we? As children, don’t we often insist that we want the deep waters of life, plunging off into it, pushing His arms away as if they are restricting our pleasure?
If I take the wings of the morning
and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea,
even there your hand shall lead me,
and your right hand shall hold me.
I am so thankful that much like a loving grandparent or parent will be ever close by as young ones learn to swim, even more so, our loving Father is ever at hand to rescue us! If we will but listen to His counsel, we will learn to skillfully and safely navigate the depths of the waters of life.
Lord, I thank you for your Holy Spirit, my Teacher, Helper, and Comforter. I trust you to lead me by the still waters and keep me safely through all the deep waters of life. I am so grateful that Your arms and comforting voice are there, endeavoring to teach me and show me how to swim even in the deepest waters of life.
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