Swimming (part 3)

Learning to Swim

“You call me out upon the waters, the great unknown where feet may fail.
And there I find You in the mystery, in oceans deep, my faith will stand.

And I will call upon Your name. And keep my eyes above the waves, when oceans rise, my soul will rest in Your embrace. For I am Yours and You are mine

Your grace abounds in deepest waters, Your sovereign hand will be my guide.
Where feet may fail and fear surrounds me, You’ve never failed and You won’t start now

Spirit lead me where my trust is without borders, let me walk upon the waters, wherever You would call me. Take me deeper than my feet could ever wander and my faith will be made stronger, in the presence of my Savior”
{Oceans – Hillsong United}

This might be the hardest one of the three blogs to write, because I’m still in the middle of this process. It is not going to be a finished story, where I tell you the secret or the 3 steps on how to succeed. It is a life long process and I just want to share with you the last part of what I discovered and how I try to swim through the ocean of life.

I believe we are not meant to live our lives on the sideline, the beach, watching the ocean, wishing we knew how to swim. And so after I regained some strength God gave we the choice again, to trust Him and come into the ocean and learn how to swim. I was asked to become the Kids Service Oversight for the Saturday night service and I decided to trust God and step into the ocean again. But this time I knew that I wasn’t trying on my own. God was there and He would teach me how to swim. I remember when I learned how to swim as a kid. When you first start they put these floaters around your waist and arms and you have this little bodyboard that you hold on to, and the only thing you use to swim are your legs and as you get better and stronger and more confident in the water they’ll start take away the floaters one by one and lastly they’ll take away the board and teach you how to use your arms in swimming. God does the same, yes He asks you immediately into the ocean, which might feel to us as if He threw us into the deep and it is sink or swim. But if we trust Him and listen to Him He will actually teach us how to swim, He will give us what we need, sometimes some extra floaters, until we are strong enough to actually swim.

What I’m learning most in this season is that I need time to grow. That it doesn’t matter how many times I go under, God’s arms are surrounding me, ready to catch me and get me back up. And I’m learning that rather than a failure I start to see it as learning. I am learning to not only accept God’s grace for me, but to have grace for myself.

Not a finished story, because I go under often still, but I hope it will encourage you. Encourage you to accept God’s invite and step into the ocean, knowing that He is full of grace and love and He can’t wait to teach you how to swim.

So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. {Isaiah 41:10}

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