Hello Summit Family!

Is that really swimming?

When my youngest was 4 yrs. old, my extended family went on vacation. My older kids could swim like a fish, and I wanted more than anything for Samantha to experience the joy of the water without fear. Little Samie had on “water wings”, and there were several adults in the pool to help her. She sat on the stairs of the pool, totally content. I asked her over & over to come out to enjoy the water with me and even tried to bribe her with a prize. (O.K., not my best parenting tactic – ha!)

On day 3, my sister took my kids to the pool without me, so I could have some quiet time. When they returned, little Samantha proudly told me that she was now a swimmer! I could hardly wait to take her back so I could watch her enjoy the water: however, when we got to the pool, Samantha again sat on the steps. I was confused. “Come on in”, I urged. Then I saw her holding tightly to the side of the pool – slowly inching her way along. For her, that was swimmimg. Moving slowly & holding on for dear life. How sad! She had no idea what she was missing! It took several days to convince her that if she stayed on the stairs, or remained clinging to the side of the pool– she might feel a little safer, but she would miss the real fun of swimming. As she began to let go of the side, she found that my hands were ALWAYS under the water & within reach, allowing freedom, but always present.

I wonder if I sometimes act the same way with the plans that God has for me. I am inching around clinging to what I see and what I know – depending on MY abilities, and feeling like success and safety depend on MY efforts alone. The loving hands of the Heavenly Father are always with me – helping me. I wonder if at times I cling to what makes me comfortable and miss the joy of His plans in the “deep waters”.

No matter what situations we face, our ALL POWERFUL, ALL KNOWING, ALL LOVING GOD is with us! Let us experience the joy of Him working in us and through us at all times!

Philippians 4:13 – I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.

Matthew 28:20 – “And lo, I am with you always…”

John 14:16 – And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever.

John 10:10 – The thief comes only in order to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance [to the full, till it overflows]. AMPC.

Prayer thought: Father, please help me this day to be ready to follow you in obedience so that I do not miss an opportunity to share your love, obey you more fully, and experience the joy and freedom you have for me in Christ.

Swimming into the deep waters with you,

Jerilyn Winther

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