Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Deep Waters

My oldest son  and I have adopted this song as our theme for the current school year.


If you spend anytime at listening to Christian radio I'm sure you've heard it as it's become an anthem

for many of us.

But, as I was listening the other day the line that struck me as a fresh word was

  " Your grace abounds in deepest water". . .

I've been thinking about that deep ocean water.

Deep ocean water is uncomfortable and can be scary.  Often times it can even hide the beauty of the

ocean because you become so  focused on survival -especially if you're not a strong swimmer.

The shore, ankle deep that's comfy.  That's doable for just about everyone.

I'm not keeping my eye out for the lifeguard when I'm ankle deep.

I might be able to swim or tread the deep water for awhile, but after a time it will be become

to difficult to handle alone.

There has been some deep deep water in my life: some I've drifted into, sometimes waves have

swept me into them, other times I've jumped in with both feet. . .but I'm not sure I've prayed to swim

in those deep waters.

As I thought these past two weeks about that specific phrase,  it has been proven true in my life over

and over again. The deeper the water, the bigger the grace appears.

Don't get me wrong, there's grace along the shore line too.  There's grace ankle deep or even shoulder

deep, I just tend to not notice it as much, because I can handle most of the swimming there myself.

Am I alone in this?

But Oh! How I need that grace in the deep murky waters.  The waters that terrify me the most. The

waters full of unknown things.

Yet in the middle of all those scary, unknown things-- Grace surrounds me, and when I clearly focus

on the Grace Giver  and not those deep waters, instead of swimming in them I find myself walking on

the waves that once threatened to pull me under.

Choosing not to be scared of the ocean is a daily battle for this momma, because of course I'm not

swimming alone, I've got three little ones (well they're not so little anymore but they'll always be my

babies) swimming out behind me.  And as much as I'd like to keep them on the shore their whole

lives, deep waters come whether we want them to or not.   How I would much rather have them

see the beauty and grace in them than be terrified of those deep waters.

How about you?  Have you found yourself in the deep water recently? Are you currently trying to

tread water or are you swimming beautifully through the grace that abounds there, or have you even

found the courage to stand and walk on them toward the Grace Giver?

If you find yourself in any of those three categories know that I'm right there swimming along side

you-one moment  treading -sometimes even feeling like I might be sinking, other times swimming

like I'm Michael Phelps-even daring to try and stand and walk.   But, no matter what phase each of us

is in there is comfort in knowing the Holy Lifeguard-the Keeper of the Waters is making sure the

waves that threaten to overtake us never do.

Yes, I believe it. . .His grace does abound in the deepest waters.

Swimming in the deep with you,


Janell Kremer said...

Needed this today! I'm currently overwelmed by some medical issues and I burst out in tears last night because it's too much for me to handle on my own. The one verse that's getting me through each day is Philippians 4:6-7, "Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, and with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God which transcends all understanding will gaurd your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus."
So here I am bringing my requests to God in the middle of the ocean with waves crashing all around me. And then my friend calls me and listens to my struggle. As we were talking I felt God's peace surround me just as he promised. But this is a daily choice. I have to keep surrendering to God and give him all my worries, because if I don't the waves of anxiety will drown me.
Thank you for this post! That song is so powerful.

Dara said...

Well, as you've just visited my blog, you know I am treading some deep water right now! Thanks for your beautiful post - Ironically, I am performing this very song for the Christmas banquet at my MOPS group this week. Well, now that I think about it.....not so ironic, is it? ;)

Donella said...

Very encouraging. I feel like I'm in deep, murky waters right now, but it's comforting knowing that His grace still abounds. :)

Traci said...

He does like to send us out a little further than we're comfortable, with, doesn't He? I love that you're discussing these things with your little one. A daily faith can get started so young! I always enjoy your posts.

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