Learning to Breathe Under Water
Psalm 29 (NLT)
10 The Lord rules over the floodwaters.
The Lord reigns as king forever.
11 The Lord gives his people strength.
The Lord blesses them with peace.
Today I wrote this in my journal: “The Lord DOES rule over the floodwaters. It may appear that my life is under water right now, but God rules over those waters and I am safely held. God has given me peace, just as the psalmist writes. God is my strength during this time of testing, when my life seems to be metaphorically under water. I think I might be just as blessed right now, in the middle of such strange circumstances, as I have ever been. I can FEEL God’s arms around me. I can feel His embrace, His love, His acceptance, His mighty protection and peace and joy. What else do I need in life? If all I ever have is this, I trust God to expand my ability to endure and to become the woman He is making me to be. Change me, Lord. Help me to endure and to become stronger. Let the sun shine on me, causing the waters to reflect off me and display Your glorious shine even in this deep place. Help me to learn to breathe under water!!!”
God has supplied my every need, given me tremendous peace, and filled me with wonder. Circumstances do not determine my joy and peace. My relationship with the Lord takes care of that.
These things are hard to explain in words, but I’m trying. If I have to be covered by floodwaters to learn that the joy and peace of God are mine, regardless of my circumstances, then it is the greatest blessing I have ever received and I stand in awe of God. Circumstances have just lost their power over me.
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for Thou art with me. Thy rod and Thy staff, they comfort me. (Ps 23:4 KJV)
After you’ve been “wowed” by God, there’s no turning back. I pray that each one of you reading this today will come to understand the beauty of what I’m trying to communicate. My words are feeble, but my prayer is that my life will reflect the glory of God in a way that will speak volumes more than I could ever say or write.