I don’t really like water, unless it is clear, contained and shallow. I would much rather sit with my toes squishing into the sand and only take an occasional dip in the pool to cool off. I don’t really like bathing suits either, but that’s a post for another time.
I prefer not to step in oceans or lakes, where the murky water hides what’s beneath. I like to be able to see where I am stepping, and to know that my feet will remain on solid ground.
I like comfort and safety. Who doesn’t? But, God is calling me out of my comfort zone and into deep waters with Him, where it’s new and risky and far from comfortable.
All of my doubts, fears, and insecurities scream, “Stay within the lines! Play it safe. Why put yourself out THERE?”
And yet, that VOICE, His tender voice that whispers, “You don’t have to be afraid. I have redeemed you, and you are mine. I am your permanent life vest and I will not let you drown. Hold onto me and listen to my voice. Follow me.”And into the deep waters we go! It is exhilarating. The beautiful colors and sounds are incredible. I feel alive and my eyes are full of passion. It is quite the adventure, until I experience my first shark bite of rejection. Ouch. And then my second. And then more….
Whether it is words, glances, or body language, rejection makes me want to lift both arms up, exhale deeply and sink all the way To. The. Bottom. Every. Time.
It hinders me.
I curl up in anguish, and He is there. He lifts me up to the light and whispers, “That was not my voice.” He holds me close while I float in the bright sunshine and we talk about how we got here. He reminds me how we made it this far. I start to feel strong again. I glance back at the chair and umbrella on the shore and this time I don’t long for comfort anymore.
I simply long for Him.
I don’t want to let go.
I want to keep going.
Is God calling you to step into deep waters with Him? It may be way beyond your comfort zone. There will be fear, risk and even rejection. Don’t let the pain of rejection hinder the work He has started in you.
Remember the Voice that called you by name. You are His.
Take His hand and He will gently lead you. He will teach you to recognize His Voice, to follow him, and to trust Him. Cling to the promise of Isaiah 43:2
When you pass through the waters,
HE will be with you;
and when you pass through the rivers,
they will not sweep over you.
When you walk through the fire,
you will not be burned;
the flames will not set you ablaze.
Where is He calling you? How will you respond? How do you recover when you experience rejection?
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