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4 Dec – Keep My Head Above Water

I was having one of those days today where you feel like you are only just managing to handle things. Our youngest son Isaac sat down beside me and was his encouraging little self and started telling me to keep believing, stay positive and that everything was going to be alright. I told him thankyou and said, “I know Zac, I’m just trying to keep my head above the water right now”. He replied, “Mum that’s okay you’ve just got to float.

Compared to madly paddling or treading water to stay above the waves and situations we face in life, learning to just float is actually a great answer to how to keep our peace and hold onto our hopes and dreams.

Jesus said if we are feeling overwhelmed or just want to know how to live less burdened to come to him. He said, “Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.” (Matthew 11:28-30)

Today in the words of Isaac, “Just float”… “then you don’t have to spend your day struggling and trying to keep your head above water. Come to Jesus, give your burdens over to him, ask for wisdom as to how to do what you need to do, and then lean back and float. Jesus will direct the current where it needs to carry you and lead you in the way to go.

‘The LORD will guide you always; he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame. You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail.” (Isaiah 58:11)

Prayer: Lord please help me to remember that I don’t need to just keep my head above water when I can lean back and trust you to carry me where I need to go and to do what I need to do. All I need do is trust you and to float.. Please help me to do that today. In Jesus name Amen.

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