Give up!

I remember when I was about 5-years-old; my father asked if I wanted to learn how to swim. I responded enthusiastically with, “Yeah,” so he took me farther into the water (we were at the beach) and then he dropped me.

I remember trying to get my head above the water, thrashing my arms around and frantically moving my legs, but my body kept sinking towards the bottom. After a little while, I finally just gave up. That’s when I felt my father pick me up from the water.

Sometimes we find ourselves in the proverbial “deep waters” of life. We are in “over our heads” with many problems or just too many things going on at once. We try to “hang in there” but we slowly find ourselves feeling overwhelmed, tense, or even angry.

I have felt overwhelmed these past few weeks. I kept telling myself “things will get better,” but I just kept feeling more pressure and more stress. Even when I read the devotionals with my husband, I still had other things on my mind and I found it hard to concentrate on the Words we were reading.

Today, I stopped everything that I was doing.  I sat in silence for a little while, then I opened the Bible and read.

The reality is that God allows hardships to happen in our lives: “…he sends rain on the just and the unjust alike” (Matthew 5:45); but just as my father reached down to pull me from the water, God does the same thing for us. In Psalm 18:16 it says, “He reached down from heaven and rescued me; he drew me out of deep waters” (NLT).

Sometimes we have to just “give up” and allow God to rescue us.

Copyright © 2013 Dr. M. Teresa Trascritti

Have Faith

Today I thought about Matthew 8:24-26, “Suddenly, a fierce storm struck the lake, with waves breaking into the boat. But Jesus was sleeping. The disciples went and woke him up, shouting, “Lord, save us! We’re going to drown!” Jesus responded, “Why are you afraid? You have so little faith!” Then he got up and rebuked the wind and waves, and suddenly there was a great calm” (NLT).

Sometimes when I have a lot on my “plate,” I get very overwhelmed. At first I don’t show it—I try to act as if everything is fine; but after a few weeks of juggling a lot of things I start to feel like I am drowning. I can almost feel the water rising up to my chin and every once in a while a big wave hits me on the side of my head and I have to gasp for air. I keep telling myself that God wouldn’t put more on me than I can handle, but that doesn’t really help.

After reading the Scripture verses I wondered if maybe I wasn’t really giving this situation to God. I have prayed for Him to help me, but I still felt overwhelmed. Why? Could it be a test? It is true that I am more drawn to God when stressful things happen (and continue to happen)? How would someone else react—would they “give up” on God and think that He’s abandoned them? Maybe having faith means I should continue to “weather the storm” because God will make everything calm in His timing. I just need to trust Him. I need to show and believe in my heart that I have faith.

I’m not sure what kind of storms you are going through right now, but remember—do not be afraid. Have faith. God will not let you drown.

Copyright © 2013 Dr. M. Teresa Trascritti