“When you’re in rough waters, you will not go down.” Isaiah 43:2b
If you’ve ever been under water and are not sure if you’ll make it out, that has got to be one of the most terrifying moments one could experience. Many years ago my husband got into trouble swimming in a lake. We were on a company outing, and after playing volleyball in the shallow water, everyone took off to swim to a sandbar about 50 yards from the shore. Glen started swimming, too, which surprise me a bit, because he was not known as a strong swimmer. I held back, watching him struggle. About half way to the sandbar, in water over his head, he looked at me with panic in his eyes and said, “I can’t go any further.” I started toward him yelling, “It’s okay, I can swim for both of us.”
I never took life Red Cross life saving classes, but I knew if I could get Glen to relax, I could keep him afloat. He trusted me, and I was able to tread water and keep him from sinking. Every few seconds I’d wave one arm and yell, “HELP!” Finally, a strong swimmer came to help get Glen to shore in a paddle boat.
I give God the glory for giving me insight to hold back and make sure Glen arrived at the sandbar. Fortunately, this story had a happy ending.
God you are great–all the time. Thank you. Amen.