Just Keep Swimming
by Jason Romano
“When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze.”
When I was a kid, I spent days upon days at the Ravena Mosher Park pool in New York where I grew up. Give me my towel, my pool pass, and a few bucks for a Gatorade and a freeze pop, and I was enjoying the perfect summer day.
Back then, I was all about jumping in and enjoying the water.
Today, not so much.
The pool, the lake, the ocean — they just don’t do it for me anymore. I’ll put my feet in but I am not a guy who loves the water anymore.
But if the pool, the lake, or the ocean were a metaphor for life, I’d encourage all of us to jump in and enjoy swimming.
Because life is hard.
Remember when Dory told Nemo’s father, Marlin, to just keep swimming when life gets you down? She was right. We can either cave in and succumb to the tough moments we’re dealt with, or we can jump in the water and swim.
That scripture verse I mentioned above is telling to me because it doesn’t say “IF” you pass through the waters, or “IF” you walk through the fire. It says “WHEN.”
So the promises here are two-fold; we’re going to encounter very difficult circumstances in our life, but we’re also told here that we have a God that will be with us and not let us get burned when the fire comes.
Rest in that this week. Trust in God, believe that he’s with you and just keep swimming!
Have a great week!
Jason Romano is a speaker, author, media consultant and church leader with over 20 years of professional broadcasting experience on the regional and network level. Jason is now the host and producer of the Sports Spectrum podcast where he interviews athletes, coaches, and other personalities on the intersection of sports and faith.
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