“Mom, are you going to come in? Come on, Mom!” My daughter calls to me from the pool. My perennial reply is “when I’m hot, I’ll come in.” The cool water refreshes me after warming on a lounge chair in the summer sun. I usually wade in, slowly getting used to the water. But if feeling adventurous, I’ll do a big ol’ jump in the deep end. Whether wading or jumping, there’s always the moment when I go deeper, fully submerged in the water. The cool shock of the water awakens my skin. It’s refreshing, exhilarating and simultaneously uncomfortable.
The same can be said for our soul wellness. We wait until we’re hot-needing cooling comfort in times of worry or strife. We wade into soul wellness gently, not wanting to go too deep. It may be soothing and exhilarating, but we are also leery of the shock to our system, usual routines or natural tendencies. Rarely do we jump into the deep end like Peter when he agreed to set down his nets deeper because it isn’t a comfortable, logical thing to do. But faith isn’t logical. Or always comfortable.
Faith shows the reality of what we hope for; it is the evidence of things we cannot see.~Hebrews 11:1
Why don’t we jump into deepening our soul wellness? Maybe it’s your natural tendency like mine to be cautious with important things. I often move fast. But if it’s meaningful, I like to go slow. I take my time and get used to the water. Recently a friend pushed me regarding this, however.
She’s helping me with a big new project and I explained we’ll introduce it slowly. She challenged me. “Why not make a big announcement?” It made me think. Why not? Because I want to do it right from the beginning. Because I want to make sure it’s working before I tell everyone. Or maybe it’s a bit scary. It will push me, is more work and might fail. There I said it, or at least thought it.
Acknowledging fear of the unknown, failure or change is part of the process. It’s the same with faith. Digging in deeper toward soul wellness can be scary. What will others think? We may need to adjust schedules to fit in Bible reading or church attendance. We may need to step out of our comfortable into His unknown. But failure is never an option. We may fail in many things, but we can never fail with Christ.
We don’t have to worry about failure with Jesus because we don’t have to DO anything. He did all the work and we reap all the rewards. Our souls are redeemed the moment we believe. So while there may be fears in this world or uncomfortable changes that will occur, the end is secure.
God has us in the palm of his hand. Our job is to embrace His love and try to live like Jesus. God knows we can never live up to His standard, which is where Jesus comes in. He did what we could not.
Whether we quickly jump in the deep end or wade in slowly, eventually we’re surrounded by the cool water of God’s love. His love and salvation are ever-present. It’s a refreshing gift, offering relief to the hot situations of our lives.
For your last Thoughtful Thursday Wellness Challenge, let me ask you: what are you waiting for? Come on, jump in! Submerge yourself in the exhilarating relief of soul wellness.