Last Tuesday I attended the staff meeting of Victory Christian Fellowship (Ortigas). I shared with the staff the blog which I uploaded that morning – Prayer and Busy/Crazy - a blog about being overwhelmed. I then proceeded to ask: “what would be the top of mind picture of someone who is overwhelmed?” Two men said it was drowning. Many of us agreed.
The most common reason why people drown is - they have underestimated the water’s condition. Either the current was too strong or it was too deep it overwhelmed them.
Fact is life will always have moments when we can be overwhelmed, sometimes without warning:
Without warning, a furious storm came up on the lake, so that the waves swept over the boat. But Jesus was sleeping. Matthew 8:24
Here are 3 spiritual truths to remember when you are overwhelmed to the point of drowning:
First. Be still. Most people know that by lying down in the water you will float. People drown because they panic and wrestle with the water.
When you lie down you will surely have splashes on your face or even get dizzy from the waves and you may not know where the tide is taking you, but being still will make you float and when you’re drowning the first thing you need to do is to float!
“Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” Psalm 46:10
Second, Pray. Once you have calmed down and are still, call on Jesus our Life Saver!
The disciples went and woke him, saying, “Lord, save us! We’re going to drown!” Matthew 8:25
People who are drowning need a life saver. This is just as true spiritually. No one calms the waves and snatches us out of the water better than God.
Finally, have faith. Don't be afraid instead be in faith to the very end.
He replied, “You of little faith, why are you so afraid?” Then he got up and rebuked the winds and the waves, and it was completely calm. Matthew 8:26
Don’t’ focus on the waves instead fix your eyes on Jesus the author and perfecter of your faith! We’ll never know what He will do or how He’ll do it. What we do know is that He will always save us.
Be still. Pray. Be in faith to the end. This is how you keep yourself from drowning.