Recently I had the opportunity to spend a few hours "one on one" with one of my eight grandchildren, Aiden. He spent the night at our home. Together we went swimming at the club's pool. Since he is just learning to swim he clings on to me pretty tightly but I am still able to teach him a few important swimming "tips". There was another 5 year old at the pool and she had diving sticks and loaned some to Aiden. Caustiously he watched her drop them and swim down to the bottom and retrieve them. This he wanted to do but has not mastered the "technique" of overcoming the water's bouancy by using your arms to propel you to the bottom. So I explained that if he wanted I could push him to the bottom and he could grab a diving stick then the water would pop him up to the surface. At first mention of this idea he was fearful. But his desire to "get the treasure" overwhelmed his fear, as well as the fact that he trusted me to protect him and get him safely to the surface. So finally he agreed to allow me to push him deeper and when I did he grabbed the diving stick and popped to the surface wearing a huge grin and eyes that said "I did it!"
As I have spent "one on one" time with Jesus lately He has shown me that He wants to push me deeper to grab spiritual truths. Do I trust Him enough? That question has been echoing in my mind lately as I face continued health issues. "Do I trust you enough, Jesus, to let you "push" me through the dark waters? Will you be there to pull me up so I can breath?" I know the answer to that question. Of course He will be there. He loves me and wants only the best for me. I know that "My flesh and my heart may (will) fail but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever." Ps. 73:26
But I still struggle with fear so I guess, like Aiden, I just need to take the plunge and remember Isaah 43:2 "When you pass through the water I will be with you, and through the rivers they shall NOT overflow you."!
Some of the greatest treasures in my life are my 8 grandchildren. Thank-you, Jesus!
P.S. My heart was so heavy as I learned of the death of Robin Williams, especially as I learned that we "shared" as early diagnosis of Parkiinson's Disease. I wish I could have shared two Bible passages with him:
"And God is faithful. He will not allow you to be tested beyond what you can bear but will with the testing provide a way to escape that you will bear up under it." 1 Cor. 10:13
"Come unto me all you who are weary and heavy laden and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light." Matthew 11:27-28