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...
(This morning I bear witness to a dear friend burying without warning the husband she spent the last 18 years building a life with...theirs is an extraordinary love story, but that story is for another day. Learning these lessons saved my life, like suddenly being able to breathe under water rather than having to drown. This is the advice I will offer her humbly, later. For now, I have only my presence, my love, and pound cake.)
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.
|Grace washes over us like water, |
reminding us that although
everything has changed,
nothing has changed at all.
TWEET SOME ENCOURAGEMENT
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 conside 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, and for many days to come. Days that will find us in the water, swimming like sharks, thriving. Grace washing over us like water, reminding us that even now, when the scariest things you ever imagined actually happens, even now, you cup overflows, your life is filled with abundance, and though everything has changed, nothing has changed at all. God is still good.