Sink or Swim?

“Therefore we do not lose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day.” 2 Corinthians 4:16

I have never learned how to swim. I have tried, many times. I usually end up being rescued. It’s embarrassing how my kids learned how to swim and I cannot. But it really doesn’t matter now. I’m already old. And we don’t have a swimming pool to begin with. So I never have to worry about drowning.

Then I discovered there’s such a thing as dry-drowning. It is when the lungs are unable to extract oxygen for a variety of reasons. Meaning even if you’re out of the water, there are instances when you may drown.

So I found out there are many causes of drowning. As many as there are people who are drowning and don’t even realize they are. Like when one drowns in debt or happiness or responsibilities of ecstasy.

There is another kind which we all suffer from at some point in our lives-the spiritual drowning. It’s when sin takes the better of us, it pulls us down to our own self-destruction. We feel the world spinning around us like we were sucked in by a devastating twister. We feel like sinking to an abyss of certain doom.

Through all these, we have a life-saver in Jesus. All we have to do is call out His Holy Name. Jesus is our lifeline. Only He can save us.

But we sometimes fail to call on Him. Instead, we rely on ourselves so that our pride just pulls us deeper. Sometimes we call on Him to save us. But we don’t hear his voice because we choose to listen to the sounds of the world. And we fail to acknowledge the lifeline in Him that He constantly pitches our way. And sometimes, Jesus already had us in His arms but we are too drained and weak to see.

I have been drowning for a while now that I became the pathetic and frail victim of my own folly. Only Jesus can save me now from myself, my lack of faith and my sins. He is my Savior. He is my life-guard. He hears my cry for help and will rescue me.