When the Church lives in fear, We relegate ourselves to the pool wall.
When We live from a place of fear- fear of losing power, fear of disapproval, or loss, or mistreatment, fear of getting something wrong, or failing, fear of an angry and disapproving God,
When we live from these things, we will not learn the freedom and joy of swimming in the life of God.
When the Church lives in trust, we throw off the chains of fear and jump in the water when our Swim Instructor calls us.
When We live from a place of trust in God, trust in His knowledge of us, trust in His ability to teach, trust in His ability to save us when we falter, trust in His detailed knowledge of us, trust in His all encompassing love,
When We live in trust, we relax our Body, allowing it to be more buoyant. We see that fear makes us rigid and being rigid makes us sink. So we chose faith over fear and see our ability to swim grow.
When we live from trust, we live in freedom, we experience peace, and we learn to move with the currents of his Spirit.
When we live from trust,
We find we can relax.
We can float.
We can be pushed.
We can be strengthened.
We can dive in the deep end.
We can do cannon balls and somersaults.
We can find ourselves at home…
even in water that is over our head…
ESPECIALLY in water that is over our head.
There is no need to fear, Church,
There is every reason to be free.
The Spirit is calling us away from the pool wall.
We can exchange our fear for His freedom.
We can dive in.