February 8, 2018
"When you pass through the waters, I will be with you, and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you." -Isaiah 43:2
Last November, a student was rescued from the deep end of the pool by another student. The student usually wore a flotation belt and avoided the deep end. But on that day, during a class ball game in the pool, she did not. Another student, Kira Weiland, noticed her struggling. "She just looked like she was calling for the ball, but she was going under," Kira said. Kira swam over and alerted the teacher. Later she was awarded the Citizen’s Lifesaving award.
Many of us struggle in deep water, both literally and metaphorically. I only learned to swim a few years ago because I learned to fear the water when I was small. Others of us face deep waters of illness, disappointments, rocky relationships, and painful circumstances. Sometimes, we might look like we are only "calling for the ball," when we are actually trying not to drown. As God’s people, we are called to be aware of the needs of others. We are called to reach out our hand if our feet are planted on dry land. For one day, we may be the one who needs that hand.