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 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. For some reason I decided that I was going to take out the bath plug so all the water can run out, because then I will force myself 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 the water level lowered I became more and more 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.
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 it’s force. I realized that life is so much easier and relaxed when we 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 us so that He can make us happy and whole.
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 Corona virus 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 11:30 when He said: “For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”
He wants us to Reign in this life, no matter what goes on around us. That we will see His Kingdom come on earth as it is in heaven. (No fear, no pain, no anxiety, no sickness, no lack).
Be encouraged. This too shall pass. Amen