SNAP When You're in Deep Water
"What if the Lord had not been on our side? (Let Israel repeat this.) What if the Lord had not been on our side when we were attacked? When they were angry with us, they would have swallowed us alive. They would have been like a flood drowning us; they would have poured over us like a river. They would have swept us away like a mighty stream. Praise the Lord, who did not let them chew us up. We escaped like a bird from the hunter’s trap.The trap broke, and we escaped. Our help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth." -Psalm 124
When I was younger learning to swim in the deep part of a lake I almost drowned. My dad and I went to a part of the lake where the high dive was and he was going to help me learn to dive. I already knew how to swim in shallower water but this was deep water and I was young and inexperienced yet wanted to be like the big kids. As I dove off the shorter of the two high decks my dad was right below to help me. I plugged my nose and jumped in but forgot one crucial step. Once you go under the water you need to kick back to the surface. I didn't kick and soon felt the seaweed around my feet at the bottom of the lake. Fortunately for me, my dad was right there to pull me back up above the water reminding me that I needed to kick to rise to the surface. The incident didn't deter me from swimming in deep waters but I never forgot what I learned that day.
We all have had a time or two where we've gotten into deep waters unsure if we'd make it out again. Sometimes it's because we want to be like others, other times it's because we're so sure of ourselves and capabilities that we become over confident. But like my dad who was at arms length to pull me out of the water, when we remember to SNAP... Stop Now And Pray. God is right there to pull us out of the deep waters. And hopefully it will be a lesson we learn never to repeat again.
Deep waters will come in many shapes and forms throughout our lives we just need to remember when we're in them to SNAP, God is there to see and guide us through.