In Over The Head

A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to go on a cruise with one of my sons to the Bahamas. The views of the beaches and the water was astounding! I had never seen water so blue in my life, unless you count Kool-Aid in a glass. Living in Central Texas, there are no long, nice sandy beaches anywhere to be seen and the water is definitely not blue.

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While in the Bahamas, I was able to go swimming in the ocean on one of their many beaches. It was my first time to ever swim in the ocean. It was amazing to swim in the water. The water was warm and crystal clear. Occasionally I could see a small tropical fish swimming in the water nearby.

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I grew up in Northern Wisconsin and swam in Lake Superior all the time. One of the things about swimming in that lake when you went out into the deeper water, you had to know how to swim or at least be able to float on the water. If you did not know how to do either, you would sink and go under.

The amazing thing on the water in the Bahamas, was that I could float without trying. The salt in the water was enough to keep me floating without work. I could actually stand up straight, with my arms at my sides, in over my head and float there in place. I had never floated without having to work at it and stay concentrated.

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As I was floating around noticing how this worked it God impressed upon me something. I was out in over my head in the water. In order for me to touch the floor of the ocean, I would have to dive down at least two feet below the water. And the interesting thing was, that because of the buoyancy of the water, that was  not exactly easy to do.

I could not see the salt, or anything else in the water that would hold me up. I had to trust what was unseen to keep my floating and I did not have to work at it. It was not my effort that kept me floating, but the salt level in the water.

In the very same way in life, there are times I must be in over my head in situations in life. God has called me to be His witness to this world. In order to be His witness I have to get out in this ocean of a world and be that witness. I have to step out into deeper waters where the fish (men and women) are to tell them about Jesus.

It is so easy to think that I cannot be the one to witness to someone. Maybe that person is too important, or maybe he is such a bad person, or maybe that person does not like me. Fears that the person may be angry or retaliate. Or maybe I am in a hurry and cannot take the time to witness. The reasons to not witness are numerous.

Yet, God has called us to step out into the deeper waters and trust Him. He is like the salt in the ocean, you cannot see Him, but He is there holding you up. As you step out into the ocean of this world, among the people you can float and be His witness.

Just as a person must let go of his fears of going under the water and drowning when in the ocean near the Bahamas and be willing to float, so you must let go of your fears to go out and be His witness.

God will be there with you and take care of you. He will not let you fail, if you are doing His will, in His way, and in His time.

Today, I want to encourage you to step out into the deeper waters, in over your head and trust God. Trust God to take care of you as you do His will and be His witness. Just as it was exciting for me to be floating, while standing straight up, so it will be exciting when God touches lives through you.

God can and will do amazing things in and through you, if you will allow Him to do it. Trust Him today in the deep waters of this world.

Going On Vacation

Today I am leaving for a few days on a trip of a lifetime. One of my sons and I are going on a Jesus Freak cruise with the Christian band DC Talk.

For those of you who may not know who that band is, they were a very big Christian band in the 80s-90s. They quit singing as a band in the mid-90s. Each of the three members of the band went on to sing on their own or with another band. Toby Mac sings on his own, and Michael Tate is now lead singer for the band Newsboys.

They are getting together for the first time since they separated as a band for a one week series of concerts. The exciting thing about this series of concerts is that it is on a cruise from Miami to the Bahamas. There will be many other singers and bands on the cruise.

I have always dreamed of going on a cruise and I love to visit other countries. I have never been to the Bahamas, so it will be a new country to add to the list. And as for a cruise, this will be great because it is a Christian based cruise. There should be very little to no alcohol, and definitely no drunk partying on this cruise. Most cruises I have looked at in the past include both those things, which I do not personally agree with or want to be around.

The reason I am telling you what I am doing is that I will not have internet available while I am gone. I have already set up posts to show up each day, so there will be no break in the devotions or other things that I like to post. During this time, however, if you make any comments I will not be able to moderate them until I get back.

Please feel free to make comments. I enjoy knowing what your thoughts are on the different posts that God leads me to write. When I get back I will be sure to read, moderate them, and respond to every post.

I trust God is blessing you with these posts and you are drawing closer to Him each time you read one. I trust that you are reading the Bible more as you follow my posts.

Thank you for reading my posts and being faithful to God. I will be online next Sunday.