Swimming Lessons

Matthew 11:2Take My yoke upon you and learn of Me, for I am gentle (meek) and humble (lowly) in heart and you will find rest (relief and ease and refreshment and recreation and blessed quiet ) for your souls (AMP).

I knew a little girl who liked frogs better than anything. When she tried to swim, she was sure that frog-like flailing would keep her from sinking to the bottom. It may work for frogs, but it was not helpful for little girls! Next, she tried water wings. They weren’t dependable. They let her down at the worst possible moments. Eventually, she learned how to swim because mommy signed her up for swimming classes. She learned that relaxed obedience to the instructor was the only way to success.

Sometimes we flail wildly. We lean on things or people that are not dependable. We trust the insecure. We forget our Instructor, who calls out to us—”Relax! Rest in Me! I have you safe in my hands!”

Prayer: Lord, when we lean on wrong things, knock out our props. Remind us that only you provide relief, ease, refreshment, and blessed quiet. In other words, Lord, teach us to relax in you. Amen.

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