For Spring Break, our family went on a Caribbean cruise. Just recently have our kids been old enough to appreciate such an international trip. One of the stops on the itinerary was the island of Roatan, which is part of Honduras. We had a snorkeling excursion scheduled, and I couldn’t wait to float over the coral reef in that area.
Right away, my seven-year-old daughter did not want to snorkel, so I told my husband to go with our boys without me. Although I wanted to have the snorkeling experience, I was content to lie on the beach and watch my daughter pick up seashells.
After an hour, my husband and middle son decided that they were done snorkeling, so they met me back at the beach. However, our oldest son (11 years old) wanted to keep snorkeling, so I decided to grab my gear and join him. My husband was happy to chill on one of the beach chairs and bask in the sun.
I met my son in the water, and we floated together, following a rope that led through the coral reef. Never before had I seen so many amazing colored fish. Every one was vibrantly painted, and I couldn’t help but be amazed at the creativity of our God.
As I followed my son in awe of the colorful world beneath me, the coral reef dropped off at least 125 feet. To a person who has a fear of heights, the sight of the coral cliff falling away into a dark blue abyss was alarming. Instantly, I felt my chest tighten. My son kept floating forward over the deep descend, and all I could think of was getting him out of that water and back onto the beach.
I felt the Lord’s presence reminding me that I would not fall because the water around me carried me—as long as I worked with it to stay afloat. Although the situation looked scary and impossible, I was safe in the water’s embrace.
“For we live by faith, not by sight.” – 2 Corinthians 5.7 (NIV)
Many times God leads us into impossible and scary situations. If we “swim” by sight alone, we will never make it because fear will cause us to retreat. But if we “swim” by faith, we will see God’s presence all around us, carrying us through the impossible situation. The only way we will learn to float over impossibility is if we put all our trust into God. If He says we can do it, He will provide a way. We just have to have more faith in His promises rather than the scary situation that our eyes see.
“Jesus looked at them intently and said, ‘Humanly speaking, it is impossible. But with God everything is possible.’” – Matthew 19.26 (NLT)
~ This post was published at the Internet Cafe Devotions.