“Class, it’s deep end threading today” for a 13-year-old scared of the deep end, it was difficult for me. I wanted to hurry and finish this test. As I thought about drowning, I remember that I learnt to swim. But I considered drowning not only includes being thrown into the deep waters; it can also happen on land. I felt the issues of life all around, a burden so heavy though I was physically standing, I couldn’t breathe. I felt like I was on land, and the waters were over my head. As I laid in my bed, I remembered Mr Allen holding that silver pole. “If you need to, grab the pole”, he would say, “I am standing right here. I am not going to let you drown.”
Isaiah 46:4 NKJV “Even to your old age, I am He, And even to grey hairs, I will carry you! I have made, and I will bear; Even I will carry, and will deliver you.”
We know God uses the known things to teach us the unknown. He brought this memory of a man to me to help me to understand what Isaiah is saying. The stuff in high school compared to the present troubles of life. To being in deep waters or walking on land. His Promise is in the Word that we have. Is His character not evident in these Words? Myer Pearlman writes that it is the expression of a man’s word that reveals his character. He says a blind man can not judge the man; he can not see. He can only judge him based on his words.
Friends think upon this, Philippians 4:8 and keep threading. When the waters come over our heads, continue to kick and hold on to His Word that will never change. Can’t we trust Him even if we are experiencing dry drowning that He will not cause our feet to be moved? That Jehovah will deliver us? Jesus spoke of the Father who cares for us more than the unjust judge. Jesus became the living Word giving us the expressive example of how and what our Heavenly Father thinks of us.
I imagine I’m in Victoria Pier Kingston Jamaica some days, and on those days, the sea is filled with the cares of life, and I have to keep kicking, now I see God high and lifted above me, and I believe “ I have made you and I will bear you” Do not stop keep going.
Start to journal your experiences; it’s a recommendation I have given in the past.
On the days, you feel like the waters have overcome you. Write it, date it, then write a scripture under it. Believe the scriptures; that is how you survive, that is how you thrive, that is how you win.