Stay in the Water
It has never been as important as now to ‘stay in the water.’
The other day I was taking a much needed ‘time-out’ and I spent it relaxing in the bath. After an hour or so I started thinking about all the things I still needed to do that day and thought I better finish up now.
But I was so relaxed and quite lazy and I just couldn’t get myself to get out of the bath. For some reason, I decided that I was going to take out the bath plug so all the water can run out because then that will force me to get out of the bath.
I don’t know about you, but I have never done this before. It was the weirdest feeling. As I was just laying there and the water level lowered more and more I became aware of my own body weight and the effects that gravity started to have on me.
I was completely unaware of gravity while lying in a full bath of water. But now I was getting heavier and heavier and it was quite hard to get out of the bath with no water in it.
This made such an impression on me and as I was thinking about it I suddenly realized that this is what real life is like without Jesus.
Jeremiah 17:13 tells us that the Lord is the fountain of living waters. So Jesus is the living water in which we can relax as He absorbs the weight of gravity for us. But as soon as we let the water drain out or sometimes decide to get out of the water, gravity works in on us with all its force.
I realized at that moment, that life is so much easier and more relaxed when we just stay in the water.
What a better time than now to do some introspection and assess our relationship status with the One who gave it all for us. Jesus wants an intimate, personal relationship with each and every one of us so that He can make us happy and whole. That void we have in our souls can only be satisfied through Him.
We all go through difficult situations at some point in our lives and that we can’t control. But what we can control is how we react to it.
During this time where the entire world is feeling the weight of the Coronavirus and the fear and uncertainty it brings, this is just a short message of encouragement to STAY IN THE WATER.
Come to Jesus who wants to absorb the heavy pressure that this world wants to put on us. I think this is what He meant in Matthew 11:28-30 when He said:
28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
I don’t know anyone as gentle and as pure as Jesus and the Holy Spirit. My God guides me and teaches me and even when I make mistakes He never condemns me.
He wants us to Reign in this life, no matter what goes on around us. We can either react to every situation that presents itself in our lives and say and do things that we will later regret, or we can start to reign through the wholeness that Jesus brings.
He wants us to see His Kingdom come on earth as it is in heaven. That means no fear, no pain, no anxiety, no sickness, no lack. It is also His good pleasure the give us the powerful keys to overcoming the enemy in this one life we have.
No matter what goes on around us, true peace and joy is a fruit of the Spirit and comes from within us, when He has made us whole.
Be encouraged. This too shall pass. Amen