strategies to avoid drowning

I really like to swim – when i was in uni, i took a swimming conditioning class & totally loved getting into a rhythm in a pool w just me the water & black line at the bottom.  There’s something about that groove that is very soothing to me, even though i may not be in uber swim fit condition.  I wasn’t always such a whippy swimmer, but i’ve always liked swimming. 

My husband, on the other hand, isn’t such a whippy swimmer.  When we were 1st married, i freaked out one time when i watched him swim from a boat to the shore in a small lake.  He kind of looked like he was drowning

When i took my swimming conditioning class at uni, they taught us a few water safety basics – one of which is to never directly approach a drowning person to help them.  Despite being a great person, someone who is drowning will grab at anything or anyone to avoid drowning – self preservation instinct. 

Can i invite you to make this parallel in our daily living?  There are alot of times when we may feel like we’re drowning in problems, debt, relationship problems, emotional issues, fear, uncertainty, pain . . . . .  and any combination or variety of issues.  In order not to drown or be overcome with these things, in an attempt to survive, we grab at lots of different things with intense desperation:  achievements, money, addictions, people, . . . .  Truth be known, there’s nothing in our lives that can keep us floating, that can truly sustain us, except Jesus & His Word.  When you feel like you’re drowning, get a death grip on Jesus so He can be who He authentically is in your life – your Savior.

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I’ve noticed that I’m not blogging as much as before I left for Ethiopia & I’ve been thinking about this.  Truth be known, I think I have been really rocked by this trip in lots of ways & I still find myself being unraveled from this trip, from time to time.  I find myself processing things a little differently, but I’m also finding myself really hungry for Jesus – more than hungry. I’m finding myself to be very needy – I need Jesus & this trip has done many things, the most blatant to me is exposing my desperation for Jesus in a daily context.  THis trip also showed me some areas where I’ve limited God & offended Him w my arrogance. 

I want this turning to Jesus to become a bend in my heart (bend, inclination, habit, predisposition, proclivity . . . . pick your word), cultivated into a lifestyle of craving Him.  I need Jesus more than I want Him and more than I like Him.