Devotional: Leave Casual Floating For The Lazy Rivers-Intentional Movement For Life’s Rapids

Isaiah 41:10
10 Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of My righteousness.

This was a good day in swim lesson world. There was one little boy who was not able to touch the bottom and when I took him out in the water, he first was holding on for dear life. I could read panic in this little one’s face as he got away from the comfort of the podium and wall.

The instructor was right there and I am there to assist her, but from the look in his eyes, I wondered if I was in over my head with that child.

He had a float belt on, so he was not going under, he just did not realize that quite yet. I looked at him and asked if he was ready to hold just my hands, one hand, one finger and he let out a screech of horror anyone at the gym could have heard!

“Look at me,” I told him. AS HE SQUEELED, I held up both of my hands. “You are doing it all by yourself!” First there was that quick tinge of uncertainty, but when he understood that he had what was necessary, it was all good. You should have seen the delight!

The Lord has fitted us with the Lifejacket of Salvation. Life may splash us in the face or cause anxious moments, but the Father is right there, watching, protecting, instructing us on what to do next. One significant difference here is that although the Lord does want us to realize the security of our salvation, He will NEVER LET GO!

God does not want us just bobbing up and down our entire lives, He wants us to employ the lessons He teaches us! We will never get anywhere if we don’t move!

Some of the children caught on quickly and kicked their legs, headed where they needed to be while others, bless their little hearts, just stayed put. They were floating and safe, supervised but not progressing.

Which Child of God are you, progressing toward the goal, tickled and eager to discover the purpose God has for your life, freaked out and timid, fearful to move out of uncertainty of the unknown or just treading life’s waters, unaware and disinterested of what your potential may be?

Prayer
Father God
Thank You for being there
Watching
Protecting
Instructing us

Our feet can’t touch the bottom, Lord
That’s okay, Merciful One
Because You have us!
We will not be afraid!
Let us please be bold
And rest in the hope we have in You

Please let us listen to You, Father
Let us take delight in what You teach us
May we employ what we learn
Let us please take those lessons and use them to progress and move toward the direction You have for our lives
In the Name of Jesus,
AMEN

Songs
Oceans “Where Feet May Fail”

“You Never Let Go”

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About voicevessel bwc

First, and most importantly, I love Jesus Christ and I trust in Him as my Lord and Savior. I was raised in a Christian home by a godly dad and mom (who planned and had me in July before turning 42 in August), and 5 older siblings. My father passed away when I was 7 and my mother (who went to be with the Lord in 2005 at 81) never remarried. As a child, I was bullied at school, so I did not have many friends. I didn't want to tell my mom this because I knew she had enough worry being a widow at 50. I know what it is like to be lonely. As an adult, God showed me the value of His Friendship and has blessed me, too, with rich relationships with dear friends who also love the Lord. My husband and I (married 31 years as of 2020), have three wonderful, adult children and son-in-law as well as three darling grandchildren. Along with many others, my husband lost his job, but we refuse to be fearful or angry. The Lord has provided for us and we are so thankful for the opportunity to express gratitude through personal contact and occasional memories I share through writing. I believe the Lord has given me a venue to engage with others and a means to share His Word. Thank you for checking out my page. I hope you enjoy what you read. If there is anything positive or insightful in the devotionals (NOT CALLING MY WRITING "INSPIRED" by any means!), I give all credit and glory to Jesus Christ! On the other side of that, when something makes no sense, that's all me
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