Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. Isaiah 41:10 (GW)
Sharks cannot swim backwards. In fact, most sharks can't even stay still. They need to be moving forward in order to force water through their mouths and over their gills. Otherwise they'll suffocate...
When the scariest thing you could imagine actually happens to you, you are forced to make choices. You can let things stop you; paralyzing you with fear (I know fear is not of God, but we are forgiven, not perfect), or you can learn to live like a shark.
Sharks cannot swim backwards. In fact, sharks must move to breathe as the action of forcing water through their gills while swimming provides oxygen. I do not believe that sharks think about swimming or not; they just do. Remember Dory in Finding Nemo? You never know from whence your blessings may come. Dory had it right, just keep swimming. Don't think about swimming, just swim.
Matthew Henry's concise commentary on Isaiah 41 paints a beautiful picture of the comfort provided by God,
God speaks with tenderness; Fear thou not, for I am with thee: not only within call, but present with thee. Art thou weak? I will strengthen thee. Art thou in want of friends? I will help thee in the time of need. Art thou ready to fall? I will uphold thee with that right hand which is full of righteousness, dealing forth rewards...
Isaiah's words acknowledge our frailty and fears, but we are more than that. We are fragile but fierce, and more important, not to be dismayed and never alone.
We will need to get our feet underneath us, but that will come. We will need to map out a plan, but there are people and resources to help us. Night will fall, and more importantly, the sun will rise on another day. Many days to come. Days that will find us in the water, swimming like sharks, thriving. Water washing over us like Grace, reminding us that even now, when the scariest things you ever imagined actually happens, even now, your cup overflows, your life is filled with abundance, and though everything has changed, nothing has changed. God is good.
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