Archive | February, 2019

God is My Spiritual Life Jacket

3 Feb

Life can be hard. What an understatement.

Day after day, the waves of life crash upon us – relationships, work, school, family, community obligations, finances, health issues, fears, worries, anxieties…never ending. For awhile, we can keep our heads above the commotion, but just barely. Like a duck swimming on a lake, what appears calm from the surface is nothing more than a charade as he kicks frantically under the water.

We too, may be frantically trying to appear calm and totally put together. In a world of social media, everything has to be picture perfect, just right. These impossible standards of perfection – in photos of our homes, with our significant other, of our children or pets, or even while on vacation – can leave many drowning in a sea of “I’m not good enough,” or “why can’t my life look like that,” or “this isn’t fair, that should be me.”

In these times of desperation, we find ourselves fighting to latch on tighter to the things we believe we can control, the very things pulling us farther under the waves. Fear and anxiety are debilitating and slowly we begin losing the battle to stay afloat.

But God…

As I was driving to church this morning I heard an analogy that spoke to me. God wants to be our spiritual life jacket, our ONLY life jacket. Too many times people cling tightly to work or friends or money. These things can too easily slip though our fingers, leaving us feeling alone and utterly exhausted in the waves of life. ONLY when God wraps his loving, protective arms around us can we fight less fervently to stay afloat, He is there to support us in our times of weakness and exhaustion. Lean on Him and find your rest. Trust that even in the middle of the chaos, God will be there to keep you a float.

I must have really needed this message today, because our worship band sang about it, too. If you haven’t heard Not Afraid by Jesus Culture, listen to it immediately.

When I go through the waters, I won’t be over come

When I go through the rivers, I will not be drowned

My God will make a way so I am not afraid

God isn’t looking for perfect people, He loves us just as we are, right now. For 2019 I have chosen Brave as my word of the year. I want to become more brave in all areas of my life – my walk with God included. As someone who likes to plan and be in control, relinquishing that to God has proven to be difficult for me in the past. I see now that I was refusing to accept Him as my life jacket. I am making a conscious effort to bravely trust that God has a plan for my life, especially if it is different than my “plan.” For many years I tried to do it alone, and wound up exhausted and utterly spent emotionally. It’s time to give it all to God – there’s nothing to fear because He is my spiritual life jacket.