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6 Jun 2015

Encouragement: God won’t let you drown

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June 6, 2015 Category: Oasis Posted by:

By Dianna Hobbs

Despite my instructor telling me “Just relax, Dianna,” that command was easier uttered than followed. I had a hard time calming myself.

I was learning to float for the first time and whenever I felt the water press against my chest, I’d just panic internally.

“I’ve got you. I won’t let you go until you’re ready,” she assured.

Let me go?

I’ll never be ready for that, I thought. Are you kidding me?

How in the world was I supposed to float?

Though I was at the shallow end of the pool at the time, my fear of sinking underwater, unable to get sufficient oxygen to breathe, was very real and intense.

Everything about being in the water, particularly immersing my head in it, felt unnatural and scary.

When I finally followed the helpful directives I was receiving and stopped imagining sinking to my death, I was able to float.

The key really was relaxing and trusting that my teacher wouldn’t allow anything bad to happen to me.

Before I successfully got the hang of it, whenever I got nervous, my arms started flailing. I began kicking and freaking out. I sucked an excessive amount of water up my nose. Boy did it burn! I was coughing and completely convinced my life was coming to an end.

I needed to shift my mindset.

I had to do it all those years ago and it remains necessary each time difficulties, issues and obstacles show up, threatening to drown me.

If you have ever felt overwhelmed and have had this nagging sense of impending doom, then you know exactly what I mean. 

When things don’t work out and you can’t figure out any solutions, I often say, it’s easy to meditate on the worst case scenario. Worse yet, the enemy shows up and whispers every negative thing imaginable in your ear.

He tells you things like you will fail; God is not with you; situations will never improve; you’re holding onto faith for nothing; your life is of no value; you will not be fruitful; you will be down forever; you may as well give up; or you will drown beneath the heavy load of burdens you’re bearing.

All lies.

And yet, if you allow that negativity to flood your mind, slowly, you will indeed begin sinking in your thinking.

Sinking into despair.

Sinking into depression.

Sinking into discouragement.

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Sinking like Peter did when he took his eyes off Jesus and focused on the stormy seas upon which he was standing in Matthew 14:29.

Friend, God never promised that it will always be smooth sailing. That’s just not the case. You will confront adversity and come face to face with hardship. Some seasons will require that you go across rough waters.

Been there.

Nevertheless, don’t panic.           

Internalize the words God said to Israel in one of my favorite passages of scripture found in Isaiah 43:2 NIV, which says, “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze.”

As you drink down the contents of your cup, you will receive confirmation and assurance that you will not drown. Things may feel overwhelming, but they will not overwhelm you.

Now let’s pray.

God, life sometimes feel overwhelming. Trouble comes, things go wrong, situations seem like they may never work out in my favor. Despite what happens, help me to lean on You and trust You to be my refuge in the midst of the harshest seasons. As I face unfavorable circumstances, thank You for favoring me through it all. I declare by faith that I am already victorious. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

This encouragement is written by Dianna Hobbs, Empowering Everyday Women Ministries Founder. To get her daily devotionals, visit www.DiannaHobbs.com.

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