08 Feb You’re Not Drowning…Just Stand UP!
By: D.C. CONSTANT
It was over 15 years ago when my husband and I were a part of this particular church ministry which had planned a trip to a well-known water park for some fun and relaxation. It was a beautiful day! There were plenty of activities for everyone and we had a ball!
Then something happened. I got this bold idea to face my fear of heights and water simultaneously by climbing the steps to the top of the 20ft water slide. I had never been on a water slide before and I could not swim.
I’ve always been fearful of heights, and I’ve never gone pass 3feet on a ladder nor in a pool. I can’t even look out a window if I’m higher than the fourth floor. For the past seven years, I’ve lived on the 6th floor of a beautiful apartment complex, and I still haven’t stepped foot on my balcony.
Sad isn’t it? Yeah, I know.
Any-whoo, on this particular fun, filled festive day, I’m now climbing the stairs with two realities conflicting feelings of confidence and fear. I reach the top, standing in line behind children 20years my junior. I step up, lay flat with my arms crossed one over the other, close my eyes (don’t ask me why I closed my eyes) and off I went! It was actually a peace ride down. Sliding from side to side.
Suddenly, a rush of water covered my face, filling up my nose. I began to kick and scream hysterically, (my eyes still closed) wondering why no one was helping me. It felt like I had sunk to the bottom of the pool. There was a long silence.
Then I heard voices, “Why doesn’t she just stand up? “Sis. Constant, open your eyes.”
I opened my eyes only to realize I was sitting in two feet of water! I thought I was in more water than I actually was. By now, the park officials had called a “special code” over the intercom and shut the whole water park down! Everyone was standing there staring at me.
Was I embarrass much? Ummmm….yeah.
When you made the decision to face your fears, did you feel you were drowning, because you were more focused on the fear vs. the victory of overcoming?
Besides Jesus, I thought about the other man who walked on water—Peter. He was fearful before he step off the boat, but was up for the challenge of having his fears removed when he asked Jesus if He would bid him come walk on the water with him. Jesus said, “Come.”
Peter step out the boat and walked on water! He was doing good, until he took his focus off Jesus and started focusing on his fear which was the storm (By the way, the storm was there before he even step off the boat) and started sinking, until Jesus grabbed him and asked “You of little faith, why did you doubt?”
Whatever fears you may have, you must decide to overcome them, step out on faith, stay focused on Jesus and never doubt… He got you! Just Stand Up!
~Still facing my fear of heights.
(Scriptural reference Matthew 14:22-33)
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