There comes a point when you lose sight of the shore.
When you have been treading water for much too long and the waves begin to overtake you.
When you’ve run out of energy and are prepared to let yourself sink to the depths.
In life, we are consistently faced with a choice in our struggles. It’s a choice to sink or swim. A choice to keep treading water or to give into exhaustion and let go.
The fact is, I am not aware of anyone who has not experienced a moment where they feel as though they are drowning. And that’s okay. We weren’t promised a carefree life. If we were, we wouldn’t really need Jesus, would we?
I noticed something today in the song Oceans, by Hillsong United. In the pre-chorus we hear “And I will call upon Your name, and keep my eyes above the waves”.
It’s not a cry for the Lord to swoop in and lift us out of the water. We know that our Savior can walk right over that ocean like it’s nothing, but that’s not what the song cries out for.
It’s a call for just enough strength to see over the waves. Just enough to make it through.
God is more than capable of rescuing from the depths of the ocean, He is capable of infinitely more than we can ask or even imagine.
But sometimes, having to trust Him for just enough strength to make it through the storms of life is all we receive. Does that mean that God is unable to draw us out of our struggles? Not at all.
Does it mean that He is, in fact, unfaithful? Also no.
The thing I have noticed about life is this: this struggle will not last. There is an end in sight, but there will be other struggles and other painful moments to follow. Sometimes, it will seem never ending, but looking back there is so much growth that happens in difficulty. There will be point after point in life where you are pulled to the right or to the left, and are left with a choice.
Do you allow yourself to be pulled under the waves?
Or do you trust the Lord of the Universe to give you the strength to tread water just a little longer?