Chuck Swindoll shared a story of a man who came upon a large body of water that he couldn’t walk around. The man fretted and wondered, “How can I get to the other side?” After much thought, the traveler decided to walk straight through the middle to get to the other side. The traveler took a step in and found that the water close to the shore was only two inches deep. He took a few steps further in and found that the water remained at two inches deep. He walked further still and realized that the entire body of water was two inches deep – he made it on the other side with only his shoes wet.
Life’s challenges can be like the large body of water – noisy and frightening and we can find ourselves fearful of moving forward.
We are encouraged in Isaiah 41: 10, not to allow fear to hold us captive or paralyzed: “Do not fear, for I am with you; Do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, surely I will help you, Surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.” God alone truly understands the propensity and root of our fears and He alone can give us the courage to move forward in spite of the fearful elements before us. He has promised to uphold us when our feet and resolve shake and strengthen us when our energies or willpowers are depleted. God is ever-present and ever-available to give us the help we need when we face large bodies of water. Interestingly, it is only when we decide to move forward in spite of our fear or feelings, will we realize that the situations that we thought were frightening were minor and harmless – only two inches deep.
Today you may be feeling out of your element or uncertain about what is before you; you may be slightly overwhelmed and tired of searching for a way to move forward; whatever the lurking emotions within you, I encourage you to keep in mind that your challenges are not as deadly or life-threatening as they appear – just take one step forward in faith and you’d realize that they are only two inches deep.
Peace, love and blessings,
(c) 2015, Dentrecia Blanchette