Monday afternoon I sat across from the main beach on the edge of the sandbar. As I was watching the birds I noticed another species trying to figure out a problem. A family was trying to cross the water between the sandbar and the beach but didn’t really know what to do. From the look on their faces you could tell that they really didn’t want to walk around and cross at the other end. But there really wasn’t another choice. Or was there? As you can see below, mom and dad held the younger children up due to the depth and they made it over safely. Victory.
2 When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you. —Isaiah 43
God is our help in our time of need. But will we let Him carry us when the time comes? Most of us try so hard to endure pain or testing. We rely on our own strength. And when we fail, we seek out God. But then when God doesn’t help in the way we wanted we get upset. I want to challenge you to learn from the picture above.
When God gets in the water and offers to carry you, be the child who wraps her arms around her daddy and holds on to him, too. It’s that precious moment for me when I carry my daughter and in her moment of exhaustion rests her head on my chest and puts her arms around my arm. It’s a sign of abandonment, of true trust. God WILL carry you, but grasp the strong arm of the Creator and trust in His strength.