2016-03-02 - Safety Net
After quite some time of being away, our family rejoined the YMCA. I thoroughly enjoy the swimming pools available for use, at one of our city’s locations. One of the pools is the cool lap pool, and the other is the warm family pool. It’s a type of exercise I have always enjoyed, because it usually doesn’t feel like I’m exercising. However, after some time of back problems contributing to my lack of consistency with a regular routine staying active, the first few times in the pool were more tiring. The first day I found myself concerned with things that have never seemed to bother me while swimming. I paid too much attention to my arm and leg motions, what other people were doing and how deep the water is going further across the pool. The mind can start to play tricks on you, when you get focused on doing something you need to do.
Do you ever find yourself in a pattern of listening to the thoughts that might roll through your head, when you are taking a turn in the direction God wants you to go? The enemy is subtle, too. The plan is to allow the crazy reasons we might tell ourselves that we can wait to do something, overwhelm us little by little, until we believe that’s the best choice even if it isn’t. What we need to do is realize He is our safety net. When our heart leads us in a certain direction. What we want is to serve him, then we need to do our best and let him pick us up, if we fall along the way. As I swam longer, I just focused on getting to the other side, resting a couple minutes, and then doing it again. After a while, all those things I was thinking about making me want to quit sooner than a minimum number of pre-planned laps, started to leave my mind. After the second trip to the pool, I managed to get through the whole visit without snorting water up my nose, too. Another voice was beginning to replace the negative one, with encouraging ideas like “you’re fine”, “the water is quite nice”, and “it’s going to be helpful”. I call that the Holy Spirit. I’m so grateful for the promise of the Father always being with me.
“Keep me as the apple of the eye, hide me under the shadow of thy wings,” (Psalm 17:8)
All scripture references from KJV (King James Version) unless otherwise noted