“Come on, you can do it, I’m right here. You can do it. Keep going. That’s right. Don’t give up.”
We called it the “Swing Hole.” Someone had managed to secure a cable to the top of a tall tree that leaned out over the Caddo River. Between two shallow shoals only about 100 yards apart, a deep pool of water rested. On the other side of the river, the tree perfectly leaned toward the center of this pool.
I loved putting on my “life belt,” swimming to the other side of the “Swing Hole,” climbing up the bank, grabbing the handle attached to the metal cable, swinging out over the river, and dropping the 30 feet into the river below.
What a rush! What fun! I would do this over and over and over.
This day was different. I was a skinny little five-year-old. My Dad was a strapping, strong twenty-five-year-old who could carry a side of beef into the butcher shop where he worked. What was different was Dad wanted me to swim across the river without the life belt!
I was motivated! I wanted to get to that swing. The swing and the splash was so much fun! But I was scared.
I “dog-paddled” about half way across. I started to feel a little tiredness in my muscles. I wanted to turn back. I wanted to panic. I wanted to quit. I wanted Dad to carry me the rest of the way.
He was right beside me saying, “Come on, you can do it, I’m right here. You can do it. Keep going. That’s right. Don’t give up.”
I had no doubt whatsoever my strong, muscular Dad could and would carry me across. But the fatigue sent another message to my brain.
I did swim all the way across that day without my Dad’s physical assistance. I gained a new confidence in my ability to swim.
“God is in control.” Really? With all the horrendous stuff going on in this world, is He really in control?
You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you.
Isaiah 26:3 ESV
What was Isaiah saying? Our all-powerful, all-knowing, ever-present, strapping and strong God is beside us saying, “Come on, you can do it, I’m right here. You can do it. Keep going. That’s right. Don’t give up.”
Our Father, thank-you for Your promised presence in our lives. We commit our lives through your Son and our Lord, Jesus Christ, to trust Your great love and power to always be there beside us telling us to keep going.