When I started my swimming lessons, all that the instructor did was to give me instructions and mine was simply to do. I remember when he was teaching me how to glide, he told me to lean against the wall, push myself and stretch out my limbs. Simple right? He even added that he will lift my head out of the water if I seem to be struggling. But there I stood with so many doubt in my head. What if I am drowning and his attention isn’t on me and so he doesn’t lift me up? Is that how my life will come to an end? Hmmm. I tried to follow the instructions but doubts kept me from covering any significant distance. I was doing it my own way, trying to bring myself out of the water whenever I was afraid but the more I tried, the more I drowned till he comes and lifts me up. Then he will assure me that I shouldn’t fear, he will lift me up if need be. So I resolved to do exactly as he says and I was doing just fine. I did the gliding a few times and he told me to pull the water to my side, stretch my hands again and pull… So I glide, and while my head is in the water he will shout “pull” and I pull the water… “pull ” and I pull the water… when he lifted me out of the water, I was almost at the other end. I exclaimed wow did I just do that!
What’s my point? The pool represents life and my instructor represents God. So long as you live, you have to learn to trust the voice of God. He doesn’t promise no storm but he promises to be with us in the storm. Like my instructor, God need not swim for you, you have to do it yourself. Just trust His voice! The more I disobeyed my instructor, the more I sunk. Many at times we live our lives with our own understanding. Proverbs 3:5 says “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding”.
I remember asking my instructor “are you sure I can swim by just following your instructions “? Then he said “I have taught many people to swim by this simple method”. In other words, the people I have taught how to swim are a proof that this method works and it will work for you. Dear friends, our God also has proof of many people who lived their lives by trusting solely in Him and became successful. He will do same with you if you obey.