Summer is one of my favorite times of the year! One of the things that I love doing ever summer is spending time at the beach with my family and enjoying the sun and the waves. Even as a little kid I’d love to jump in the waves and body surf all the way to shore! I can remember running full speed to jump in the waves only to get pummeled by a wave that knocked me down and sent me somersaulting! I removed sand from areas I didn’t even know I had! The interesting thing about the ocean is, the waves tend to be the roughest in the shallow area were the waves break on to the shore. The further out you go, the calmer the waves are. If you stay in the shallow area, the undertow is stronger and the waves beat you and knock you down. Sometimes the undertow can be so strong that it can pull you under! I try to get out of the shallow area and swim out to where the water is calmer as quickly as I can, so I can enjoy it instead of getting beat up by the waves.
This principle is also true in life. You have to determine not to stay in a shallow place of living or thinking. When you stay shallow, you get knocked down by the cares of life and the opinions or criticisms of others. You have to make a decision to swim out to deeper waters by getting in God’s Word and spending time in His presence. This may not be easy, but we can do it! The Bible says in Hebrews 4: 9-11; “Let us therefore strive to enter that rest..” we have to resist the temptation to stress out about something someone said about us or worry about bills that we don’t how we can pay for and really strive to enter into His rest! I’ve heard many people say, “I don’t think I can make it through this” or I might break under all this stress!” You have to get past the shallow thinking that pulls you under and knocks you down. You must push past the obstacles, past people’s opinions and criticisms to deeper places in God to experience His rest. The deep is where you can float, so don’t work so hard and put your head back and rest!