Swimming Gracefully Through the Storms

I have never learned to swim; however before I was pregnant with Samantha her daddy tried to teach me. But after she was born I never attempted again for the fear of my head being under water. Life is much like this; we try something and if it don’t work then we become fearful and never attempt it again or perhaps we are just fearful of our head being under water and decide it’s much easier to bail out than to stick it out. Some good examples of this might be a marriage, a new relationship, singing in public, etc… I am guilty of all three and so much more!

The past few weeks have been filled with many challenges; not only physically but spiritually. It was raining on Monday afternoon as I was driving to see my parents. Just down the road is a pond where one beautiful duck was swimming all alone through the pouring rain. Right then it was as if God spoke to my heart and said “As the ducks swim in the rain ever so gracefully; that is what you are to do too.” I then realized that the storms raging in my own life don’t have to control me; but God has given me the ability to be in control when everything is out of control!

When the storms of life are pounding on us we are to be just as graceful as the ducks and swim through regardless of how hard it may get, as we trust in our Heavenly Father. This often seems like more than we can do. Just like that duck, at times we may feel we are all alone but God has promised to never leave us or forsake us. And He promises to give us peace if we submit to Him and give Him our burdens. God is a gentleman and will not simply take your burdens; he doesn’t intrude or push himself on you. However, He will carry the load if we will only hand it over.

We were never created to deal with stuff of this world. But Adam and Eve allowed stuff to enter into a perfect world; thus separating us from God. But Jesus was born into the world, died and arose on the third day (Resurrection Day) so that we have a way to be reconnected to God our Father, while the Holy Spirit guides and comforts us. It’s a choice to deal with stuff on our own; we have someone to handle it for us if we will only surrender! However, most of us are stubborn and think we can do this thing called life on own on! I am here to declare, that I can’t and I need God the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit in every moment for eternity!

Life can be full of many different challenges at home with our spouse, our kids, our parents, our friends, etc… and the challenges within the work place dealing with work issues and with coworkers; sometimes it’s just overwhelming! Stuff (issues) can arise any and everywhere but we can swim gracefully through the storms by pressing into God or we can bail out (failing again) we can react as the rest of the world with outburst of words or walking away from a marriage (failing again) or we can be fearful and just not try (thus loosing out on what could be the greatest blessing coming our way).

 Sometimes we may just have to have our head submerged under that water as we swim through these storms. And we mustn’t be afraid to try because our lifeguard walks on water and he will surely not let us drown. He wants to bless us with the best; but we have to trust the process. Every storm we face is part of the process of growth and maturity in Christ. We have two options; pass or fail. If we fail the test we will have to repeat it; but if we pass He is rejoicing over us and promotion comes. God can’t bless us with greater until we are spiritually mature enough to handle it!

Keep swimming through the storms for they don’t last forever. The secret is to give the storm to God and just trust the process. I don’t know about you but I am tired of failing and it’s time I learn to swim gracefully with God!

To God be the Honor, Glory & Praise!

All My Love,

Donna

 

***James 1:2-4 (NIV) Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.

***1 Peter 1:6-9 (NIV) In all this you greatly rejoice, through now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. These have come so that the proven genuineness of your faith – of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire – may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed. Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, for you are receiving the end result of your faith, the salvation of your souls.

*** James 1:12 (KJV) Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him.

***Genesis 2:18, 21- 22(NIV) 18:The Lord God said, “It is not good for man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him.”  ……21So the Lord God caused the man to fall into a deep sleep; and while he was sleeping, he took one of the man’s ribs and then closed up the place with flesh. 22 Then the Lord God made a woman from the rib he had taken out of the man, and he brought her to the man.

***1 Corinthians 7:28 (NIV) But if you do marry, you have not sinned; and if a virgin marries, she has not sinned. But those who marry will face many troubles in this life, and I want to spare you this.

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