Song Inspiration: “Breathing Under Water”, by Emeli Sande
“When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you.” ~ Isaiah 43:2
I was meditating on this word (this promise) and the one thing that really stood out to me were the words “When” and “Through”. I know this scripture well. I’ve seen it, read it a hundred times and in the past have thought, Ok. God is there for me. But not until now did I really see anything more than that. Now, when I read this word, I’m seeing and understanding that it isn’t just about God being there for me, but it is about Him being there “When”.
It confirms that there is no promise that I will avoid suffering. It confirms, that there is no promise that there will not be some real ugly that comes my way. There is not even a promise as to how little, how much or how often the struggles will be. But there is a promise that when the “When” happens, not only will I might have to go through it, but that He will be there making sure that it won’t consume me. Whether it be water, rivers or fire, whether it be relationships or circumstances, not matter what it is, God promises me that it will not destroy me.
It may feel like I’m not going to make it, it may feel like it’s impossible to get out of, it may feel like it will never end, but I thank God that His promise is not based on my feelings because I did make it. It was not impossible. Things got easier and the difficult seasons always came to an end. And as long as I remind myself that God has kept his promise before, I can walk in faith that He will keep it again. They say, what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger, but I believe it’s actually what God uses to increase our faith.
“For what it’s worth: it’s never too late or, in my case, too early to be whoever you want to be. There’s no time limit, stop whenever you want. You can change or stay the same, there are no rules to this thing. We can make the best or the worst of it. I hope you make the best of it. And I hope you see things that startle you. I hope you feel things you never felt before. I hope you meet people with a different point of view. I hope you live a life you’re proud of. If you find that you’re not, I hope you have the strength to start all over again.” ―The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
If you are reading this, know that it is not too late. Life is too short to live it without purpose, without meaning, without authenticity. But this kind of life does not happen by accident. You have to push past the fear and uneasiness that exist beyond your comfort zone. It’s the only place where experiences happen that challenge you and expand your perspective. It’s ok if you fail, because it’s part of the journey designed to grow you. It’s ok if you need to start over, because it may be the best way to get you where you need to go. I mean, when you realize you’ve missed your exit are you going to turn around and get back on course or are you just going to knowingly keep going the wrong way?
Do you remember when you believed anything was possible?
Just imagine how different many of our lives would be if we approached it with the same imagination we had when we were kids. I remember when I was younger, I use to stand on my bed pretending it was a stage and the hairbrush in my hand was a microphone. Into that hairbrush I would sing my heart out, belting out tunes from my favorite singers. I did not think about whether or not my singing was good or bad. It didn’t matter. All I focused on was that I was enjoying singing.
As children, we existed in a realm of possibilities. The harshness of reality had not yet numbed us to being amazed by the ordinary. We allowed our curiosity to inspire us and our imaginations to break down barriers. As adults, we now tend to tether these things. As adults, we have taught ourselves to settle for what is instead of pursing what could be, becoming prisoners of our own reality. Imagination does not have to be an enemy of reality, but it is always an enemy to progress. We need imagination to solve problems, to create, to change, to make better. Without it, there is no real advancement in our society or in ourselves. How can we ever realize our potential without it?