Just Keep Swimming

The Lord is with you.  He'll fight your battles for you. http://wp.me/p2UZoK-Hn via @caregivermomThis has been quite the year already. One month of the year out of the way and Dory’s song, “Just keep swimming…just keep swimming” seems to be the most fitting song for my life.

My mother-in-law has to go into a care-home. Water rises.

Spend Christmas cleaning out a lifetime of memories. Flood rises.

My dad’s Alzheimer’s seems to be escalating. Waves wash over the mouth.

Car crash. Water goes up the nose.

Car hunting, insurance issues, etc. Waves crash.

Mom has a heart attack. Head goes under.

Refund from insurance. Gasp for air.

Bills arrive. Sink again.

Replacement car develops unique ability to stall while driving—in an intersection, on a freeway, turning a corner. Water is overhead.

“Just keep swimming…just keep swimming.

It’s a children’s video. It’s a silly song. It’s so incredibly fitting for many of our lives that while we might giggle a bit admitting that it fits, the perfection of the analogy makes us cringe.

Are you feeling like you’re so far behind you might just be ahead?

Are you thinking that no matter what you do, you’re not going to succeed?

Are you sure that no matter how hard you try it won’t be enough?

The water floods over our heads and leaves us in a sea of doubt and discouragement, failure, fatigue and fear.

So here is the reminder, my friend, just for today—from one swimmer to another. We serve a God who controls the winds and the waves. (tweet this) We are valued more than the life of His own Son. God is our Creator and Redeemer and His plan is perfect, even in the midst of the storm and the flood.

That’s it. God’s got us. He’s our lifeguard who has already jumped into the mess and overflowing waters with us and He’s willing to tow us along to wherever we need to go, whispering words of encouragement, “Just keep swimming…just keep swimming.”