Have you ever felt like you were DROWNING under the pressures of life? Of course you have! I mean, who hasn’t woke up one day and felt just like the walls were caving in. Ok, perhaps it hasn’t been that bad for you, but I am sure there have been moments when you have felt like you just don’t want to get out of the bed. Yeah, you know about that for sure.
Well, I have days like that and they come at some of the most unexpected times. Most times they come when I have taken on too much, which often times is my fault because I hate saying NO. There are also times when I place expectations on myself and want to be perfect at EVERYTHING! You know, the perfect wife, mother, sister, friend, daughter, neighbor, shopper, business woman, Christian, and the list can go on and on. No really, the list is endless when you think of all the combinations that life can place you in. Then you begin to take on even those rolls before they present themselves, thus you just want to crawl in a hole some place and close the noise of it all OUT! Truth is, it can feel like you are drowning under the pressure of life!
But, even in those times there is something most WONDERFUL to remember. See, ships sink all the time. I know that sounds so unsympathetic, and heartless. But, it is in fact true. Knowing that this is true, and possible every time that ship sets sail, you must be prepared. Boats set sail and the plan is to make it to every destination. Not a one sets out to go down in the water…..but, it happens. So, because they know that it is possible, there is one item they know you always must have on deck. LIFE JACKET BABY! Yes, I would assure you, it isn’t a good idea to get on a ship that doesn’t possess life jackets.
Such is life! Life has it’s ups and downs, and there are ALWAYS those moments that seem as though the ship is going down and you are drowning under the pressure. But, always remember while traveling, know where the life jackets are! In fact, they have the ones you can purchase and keep with you at all times, just in case. Personally, I prefer that one because if I am too far away from those provided, I am assured to have one. Jesus is that Life Jacket in this life. He promised to provide us with what is needed to overcome the obstacles of life. The fact is, troubles will come, and sometimes the outcome is not that the ship will survive. Sometimes our expectations fail, our desires, and plans fall through, our relationships don’t work out, we lose our jobs, we flunk out of school, we lose the house, the spouse, we lose a loved one to death, we fall and mess up and completely find ourselves out of the will of GOD. But, he has an awsome guarantee:
“Isaiah 43:2, “When you pass through the waters, I 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.”
So, because we know the truth is LIFE HAPPENS, we must be prepared for it. The only way to know we have everything we need is to have CHRIST JESUS in our hearts, our minds, decisions and lives! GET A LIFE JACKET BABY!
and HEY…..If you see me passing through the water without one, while you are passing through….help a sister out, OK?!