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Drowning Man Saved!

Posted on Wednesday, March 7, 2012 in Uncategorized

When I was thirteen I was held underwater by a gym-class bullies.  As much as I struggled and fought to break free I couldn’t.  I wrote about my experience with the fear of drowning here

It’s been more than twenty-five years since that day, and yet, even in the beauty of Hawaii last week I was afraid of drowning.  Fear runs deep in many of us.  Maybe your not afraid of drowning in water, maybe your fear is drowning in:
– Debt
– Despair
– Disappointment
– Failure
– The Ocean of Bad Relationships
– The Sea of Doubt
– Your Fears About Your Uncertain Future

Fortunately, we are not alone!

The means of drowning may be different, but our feelings are all the same.

Jonah wrote about his feelings about drowning too.

I cried out to the LORD
When I was overwhelmed
When I was in great trouble.
When I was dying.

And God answered me.
Let me tell you how.

I called to God as I fell like I was dying,
and the LORD heard me!

Even though it seemed like God threw me in
Even as I sank down
Even as waters engulfed me

I was drowning, buried beneath your wild and stormy waves.

Then I said, “O LORD, help me!”

All this, as I sank beneath the waves,
and the waters closed over me.
Seaweed wrapped itself around my head.

I sank down to the bottom
I was stuck in the muck
Muck, whose gates lock shut for forever.

But you, O LORD my God,
You snatched me from the jaws of death!

As my life was slipping away,
I remembered the LORD.
Please God help me!

It’s the prayer of the broken.
It’s the prayer of the scared.
It’s your prayer and mine.

From Jonah 2:2-7, NLT

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