From the Basement

July 3, 2010

Floating in Water/Trusting God

Filed under: Faith,Love — jeannablue @ 4:37 pm
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It seems like everyone has a part of nature that they connect to in a special way, be it the sky, the mountains, rolling green hills, or prairies full of wildflowers. For me, it’s water, especially lakes and seas. Looking out at a body of water just floors me – the crashing waves and still waters, the whitecaps and colorless blue, the power and unpredictability. Something about it is just glorious, and I can’t help but praise in the face of such awesome creation.

All parts of nature glorify God, and I think that oftentimes, they reflect an aspect of God (as if being beautiful wasn’t enough!). One thing I love about water is its buoyancy – if you trust it, the water holds you up and moves you. Floating is so much easier than treading water, but floating requires trust. You have to trust the breath in your belly, trust that a big wave isn’t gonna come down on you (or that if it does, you’ll come right back up). You can’t always see where you’re going – scratch that. You rarely see where you’re going, but you’re present and focused on the act of floating, and that is enough. The water carries you. All you do is breathe – keep that belly full. Keep that trust.

On the other hand, treading is exhausting. You see where you are, you see how far you have to go, and it can be downright terrifying. And you get tired real fast. And for me, it’s a lot harder to swim after treading than it is after floating.

It’s an imperfect analogy, yeah? But the point is there. Water – and the human body in water – is such a beautiful metaphor of the love and buoyancy of God. He holds us up, but we have to trust him. He’ll do all the work – if we let him.

Trust, breathe, focus on floating, focus on Him… he’ll get us to where we’re going… in his own time… in his own way.

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4 Comments »

  1. This is such a beautiful analogy – floating vs. treading water. Wow. You have a gift. God is truly using your words to pour wisdom and strength into others through your writing. Your posts are encouraging, empowering and give me hope. I am blessed each time I read your blog. Thank you.

    Comment by M — July 5, 2010 @ 4:50 pm | Reply

  2. This has inspired me to consider my favorite aspects of nature and how God speaks through them as well. Beautiful.

    Comment by Kayla — July 6, 2010 @ 1:45 pm | Reply

    • I’d love to hear your thoughts! I imagine mountains are somewhere in there. 🙂

      Comment by girldownstairs — July 6, 2010 @ 2:15 pm | Reply


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