learning to swim

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I naturally learn best when I can see something. Driving for example, give me verbal instructions? I’m totally lost. Show me a map? I’m great.

God knows I need clarity right now so I believe He’s speaking to me in the best way possible. Dreams, photos, visions.

‘OK God. But how do I swim?’

I got the answer to this question one week after God spoke so clearly to me about drowning. I was sitting in church not paying attention to the sermon wrapped up in my own thoughts.

My memory for any else going on around me totally disappeared. No sounds, images, smells, or feeling. I was sitting in a room with 300 other people but I felt alone; alone in a silent and peaceful kind of way.

Three pictures popped into my minds-eye.

The first,

I was underwater. But I was not alone. I was holding onto my two kids.

The second,

I let go of my kids and started to float to the surface.

The third,

I’m above water and the view is incredible.

And God whispered,

Let go of your kids, Megan. You’re a great swimmer on your own. I’ll take care of them’

It’s easy for us as parents to constantly worry about our kids.

‘Did Ella eat enough today? Am I giving her enough time with friends? Did she watch too much TV today? Did I read her a book today? Am I saying ‘no’ to things to often? How quick do I step in to solve the disagreements she has with her friends? Is she feeling secure in her relationships? We’ve been really busy lately, have I had time to just sit and hug her recently?

and on and on and on.

What are you worried about? Work? Relationships? Money? Family? School? Self?

The struggle is real! You’re concerns are real and so are mine.

More importantly though, is what we do with our worries? Do we hide in our room and cry? Do we try and forget them by distracting ourselves? Do we pretend they aren’t there? Do we become mean and hurtful, blaming others for the things around us?

Do we pray? Do YOU pray about your worries?

The most important lesson for me in this year’s journey is that I need to trust that God’s got my back. Not in a ‘if you fall, I’ll be standing here watching’ kind of way but a ‘I’m giving you strength by standing in front, beside, and behind you’ kind of way.

Encouraging isn’t it?!

I don’t need to worry about my kids. I can let go of my kids, of my worry, because I KNOW that God will take care of them.

Isaiah 40:29-31

He gives power to the weak
And strength to the powerless.
Even youths will become weak and tired,
And young men will fall in exhaustion.
But those who TRUST in the Lord will find new strength.
They will soar high on wings like eagles.
They will run and not grow weary.
They will walk and not faint.

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