From my desk, I see our swimming pool. On humid Orlando days, I love floating in that pool. I know I can relax and drift. I can’t get lost or go too far. No wave will overwhelm me. It’s comfortable and predictable.
We like it when life is like that swimming pool: manageable, contained, safe.
Any transition, even positive ones – getting married, becoming a parent, changing jobs, kids leaving home, moving across town – is like being lifted out of that pool and being dropped into the ocean. We can feel lost, overwhelmed, disoriented, and alone.
We long for the edges, the boundaries, the things that make us feel secure, known, and in control. We seek affirmation, acknowledgment, value, and a way to feel solid again.
But while it may feel like we’ve been thrown into the deepest end of the ocean, remember: He is the God of the ocean. Whatever is changing in our lives, He isn’t.
He is our anchor and our rock.
Consider these words from Psalm 18:16-18: “He reached down from heaven and rescued me; he drew me out of deep waters. He rescued me from my powerful enemies, from those who hated me and were too strong for me. They attacked me at the moment when I was in distress, but the Lord supported me.”
He knows us by heart. He sees us. He is with us always. He will rescue us. Nothing will come into our lives that is beyond His grace. May He be the solid place we cling to in the midst of every change.
*For deeper reflection, listen to Psalm 18.