Have you ever seen in the movies when someone is drowning? They are in a state of panic, well aware that they are going down. All they know is that they are in serious trouble and are frantically doing anything they can to save themselves. But no matter what they do, they can barely bring their heads up long enough to gasp for air before they drop below the surface again. Eventually they get tired. I mean really, how long can they give it all they’ve got before they start to sink?
Then the hero jumps into the water to save them. As they approach the person in distress they begin to attempt to save them. But since the person drowning is freaking out just trying to stay alive the hero is helpless to save this person. It’s not until he is forced to punch the guy in the face to stun him long enough so he stops fighting, so that they are able to grab a hold of them and take them back to safety.
I don’t know what goes through the person’s head when that fist connected with their face. It probably wasn’t a feeling of relief at the realization that this person is going to save their life. If it were me, I probably wouldn’t be able to understand why this person, on top of everything else going on, decided that cracking me was a good idea. I mean, don’t they realize I am fighting for my life over here!?
It’s not until I was safely back on the shore basking in the sun that I would be able to realize how absolutely necessary it was for him to hit me, to get me to stop and simply let him help me.
Self preservation is in the nature of every living thing on this earth. Maybe that is why it is so hard to just let go. Terrified at the knowledge that if we don’t do it ourselves, then there is no hope.
As a man who was drowning and had sunk so far down that all that was left was darkness, I am here to tell you that there is nothing to figure out.
Just let go, so God can do it for you.
I’m beyond blessed, just like countless others. Rescued from the darkness and now laying on that shore, basking in the Son. It’s funny, I didn’t even recognize the work that He was doing for me and in me while it was happening. It wasn’t until I looked back to where I came from that I realized that my trust was not misplaced.
Put your faith in our Hero, our Savior, our God. He will bring you to safety if you stop fighting, and let Him.
Remember not the former things, nor consider the things of old. Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert
Written by: Justin Ludwig
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