Trusting God is Like Learning to Float on Water

untitledRecently, I was teaching my four year-old granddaughter how to lay back on the water and float. She couldn’t trust it to hold her. Every time the water came close to her eyes and mouth, she panicked and flailed her arms, which caused water to splash on her face. She couldn’t wait to rest her feet on the bottom of the pool. After many tries, she learned that she didn’t have to do anything, nothing at all, but lay on the water. No paddling of feet or hands needed. Nothing but to allow the water to support her body.

Isn’t it a miracle that something as squishy as water can float, not only human bodies, but ships as large as sky-scrapers? In nature, God teaches us about Himself.

God is like water. At first glance, we think He’s not strong enough to hold us. Surely, we’ll drown. But, as we lean on Him completely – let the water rise around our faces, let our limbs relax – and refuse to panic, we discover that He is a lot stronger and more willing and capable of supporting us than we thought.

Are circumstances causing you to panic? To wonder if God will really come through for you?

Perhaps you need to float on water to remind yourself that God is able to support you and your load of unsolvable problems.

You can trust Him.

Lean on Him, trust and be confident in the Lord with all your heart and mind and do not rely on your own insight or understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct and make straight your paths.” Proverbs 3:5,6

Another thing about floating on our backs in water. Our eyes are focused upwards, to the heavens. And there, in the sun, moon, stars and clouds, we are awestruck by the vastness of Him. Our problems dwindle when we catch sight of His majesty.


About rosemccormickbrandon

An award winning personal experience writer, Rose McCormick Brandon is a frequent contributor to faith magazines, devotionals and compilations, including Chicken Soup for the Soul. Rose is the author of Promises of Home: Stories of Canada's British Home Children (2014). One Good Word Makes all the Difference (2013), He Loves Me Not, He Loves Me (2012) and Vanished: What Happened to My Son. She's a frequent contributor to The Testimony, Today's Pentecostal Evangel and other faith magazines in Canada, U.S. and Australia. Rose also writes about Canadian history, specifically the era of Child Immigration from Britain. Read her stories of child immigrants at:
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2 Responses to Trusting God is Like Learning to Float on Water

  1. This one is especially nice!! Brenda J Wood

  2. Beautiful Rose. I love this analogy and your story. Thank you.

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