“Just keep swimming.” That’s what Dory says, and it’s good advice. But lately I’ve stopped swimming and started flailing recently. Persevering through life can get daunting.
Do I think flailing is going to work? I don’t, but swimming wasn’t working fast enough either. When I get overwhelmed, I shut down. Still every other time it’s come to this point things only get worse – yet here I am, again.
I’m trying to get back to my diligent stroke through the waters, but realized I need help.
Swimming itself doesn’t help anything. You could be swimming in the wrong direction for one. Or swimming in circles. The sheer exertion could make things worse. It’s what you’re swimming to and where your energy comes from that matter.
You have to be swimming to a solution. But you can’t know what that is without asking someone who knows. Ultimately, there’s only one who knows and that’s God. If you’re not seeking His direction then you might as well flail. He may not tell you exactly where to go, or guide you to the final solution the first time, but He will guide you where you need to go – always.
If you’re guided by Him, you’ll also get your energy from the right source (hopefully). Once you’ve gotten the direction, don’t leave God by the wayside. It’s not a good place for Him to be in your life, trust me. The first stop on the right path is always straight to Jesus.
We have to rely on Him for strength. Swimming (living) is draining. It’s hard work. Without His strength we’ll fail. Even if we make it to the destination, we’ll be too exhausted to accomplish the next task properly.
Writing this, it’s easy to see where I’ve gone wrong. For some reason, I’m not better at trusting and relying on Him. I don’t do it as well as I want to. I’ve had to lean on Him for my entire life and still I often fail. Being human, and very fallible, is challenging to deal with at times. Trusting is hard, but we need to be trained in it. It’s so important.
Our training gets us to stop flailing through life and to start moving in the right direction. We all want direction in life. If we know the truth of trusting already but forget, then it’s just a matter of reminding ourselves and following through. I’m not saying it’s easy because trust requires surrender. With practice it does become familiar and that brings comfort. It’s easier to step back into something you already have footholds in place.
So here’s to getting back in line. To swimming. To the right direction. And to Jesus, who makes it all possible.