‘The disciples went and woke Him, saying, “Lord, save us! We’re going to drown!” He replied, “You of little faith, why are you so afraid?”‘ (Matthew 8:25)
Sometimes it feels like all I’m doing in life is just treading water–like I’m not getting anywhere and often like I’m only just keeping my head above water, or afloat. It’s not pleasant to realise that and there’s also the fear that lets me wonder if I can keep on treading water, or not.
I’ve never really enjoyed being in water that’s deeper than I can stand up in. I would swim in the deep end of the pool, but only when I knew I was not far from the edge. I’ve also swum in waterholes, or near waterfalls, just because they were such beautiful places, but I didn’t like not being able to touch the bottom.
I was reminded recently that ocean sailing yachts are kept afloat by what is actually below the surface of the sea, not by the sails, or the structure of the yacht that we see.
In 1998 in one of the biggest ocean races held in Australia each year, the yachts hit a terrible storm and many were forced out of the race, with their yachts wrecked and unfortunately lives were also lost. The yachts that managed to survive that storm and keep on to the finish line, were those with substantial keels below the surface, that gave them some better stability in the midst of those terrible seas.
So what helps me to continue to tread water when the things happening in my life seem to threaten to drown me? I believe it’s those things that give my life stability–similar to the keel on a yacht. For me, that’s my faith in an all-knowing God, in His presence with me, the hope that He gives me to face another day as I hold on to the promises in His word.
It doesn’t mean that I don’t still have times when it feels overwhelming, but I hold on to constants in my life–the faith that has never let me down and the hope that it wont always have to be this way.
Prayer: Father God, I’m so grateful that You give me hope and faith in You that helps me to keep on treading water, when I feel like I might otherwise drown. Amen.
About the Author:
Fiona Burrows lives in Melbourne, Australia. She is thankful for the difference God makes in her life, and the lessons He teaches her, as she lives with chronic back pain. She enjoys finding time for reading, writing, and photography, and to travel when she is able. You can contact her in the Sunroom.
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When have you felt like you were in danger of drowning under the pressures of life with chronic illness? What kept you afloat?