THIS WEEK HAS BEEN MY GIRLS’ (LUCY IS 4 YEARS AND SADIE IS 2 YEARS) FIRST GO AT SWIMMING LESSONS. LORD HELP US ALL!
I had forgotten the hard work and bravery learning to swim demands. I also didn’t anticipate the clenching-the-chair terror that comes from being a mother watching your child learn to swim.
Yesterday at the swim lesson, with a little song of “Ring Around the Rosie”, Sadie put her head all the way under the water! And she came up with all smiles.
I let a deep breath in. And then slowly out.
Next, it was Lucy’s turn. Her face was shear terror, knowing what would be asked of her. She stepped as close to the wall as she could without getting out of the pool.
The teacher’s arms reached out to her. She shook her head and said, “I don’t want to do that!” about 10 times.
The teacher tried numerous tactics: comforting words, children’s songs, and various games. All failed. The last resort was used. The force job. The teacher grabbed Lucy’s kicking and crying body and put her under.
I’m pretty sure I scraped some of the plastic off my chair from anxiety.
But then the miracle happened. When Lucy came up out of the water, she had the biggest smile on her face. She had done it. She had braved the unknown. She had conquered her fear. And there was pure joy in it.
Over the past couple years I have felt like my girls. Like I am learning to swim for the first time.
I have been saying yes to God’s work and it has involved much new territory: running, writing, starting this blog, speaking, and leading women’s retreat worship.
All new. All hard work. All about learning. All about conquering fears. And in response to the Spirit’s voice I said as Lucy said, “I don’t want to do that!” I went “under water” kicking and screaming.
But through this, I have found more joy and purpose than I have ever known before. I wouldn’t live life any other way.
The Lord has brought me strength and comfort in each of these scary steps of faith with the scripture, “Not by might, not by power, but by my Spirit says the Lord.” Zec. 4:6
You see, we serve a God who is constantly at work and is always doing something new.
I wonder what new things He is doing in your life? New relationships, new ministry, new habit of reading His Word daily or talking with Him in prayer daily.
Isa 43:18-19 says “Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?”
The question is, are we taking regular time alone with God in order to listen to Him? Can He get our attention amidst our busyness?
© 2012 Standing on Peace