How deep do you let yourself get in dark waters?
A couple nights ago I had a dream that I fell into dark and murky water from a dock. I soon found myself reaching up to grab somebody’s hand that was stretched out towards me. As I continued to reach, I was drifting away from the hand. Then, all of a sudden, I felt this huge pull on my leg that was pulling me downward. I continued reaching, but it seemed like I was not getting very far. The strong yank downward happened again and I was scared. Immediately, I woke up.
Life and Trials
Perhaps, in life this is how it is. We are continually reaching upward, but if we let ourselves drift even a little bit, Satan is right there to pull us even farther downward. He wants our souls. Are we letting him have them?
As we give in a little bit, we allow ourselves to be pulled down more than we thought would happen. As we reach up and call for help from our Heavenly Father, He will be there to save us with His Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior.
I was not left alone in the water to save myself from the deep and dark unknown abyss below me. The hand is always stretched out to lift us up to more than we can be.
The Waters of Life
Sometimes it seems as if life is like being in the dark, unknown water. Sometimes it seems as if we are surrounded by things that we did not ask to be surrounded by. Sometimes it seems as if our choices lead us further and further away from the outstretched hand, because it is easier to let ourselves drift than to keep ourselves afloat and continually reaching unto God.
As I went through depression, I allowed myself to drift, but I believe that I always had my hand reaching out to Christ. I wanted help. I did not know what to do anymore. I felt lost. Nothing seemed to be working. The only comfort that I had was from my Heavenly Father and Savior. Sometimes it was from them through another person.
I was being pulled downward into the dark, unknown abyss of water beneath me. I am not going to lie, I was scared. I did not know what was happening to me and all I could do many days was put all of my effort and thought and strength into getting myself out of bed.
Sometimes, when we have drifted far away from the outstretched hand, we need more than that hand to save us from the ominous deep below us. This was the case with me. I did not have the strength to swim myself closer to the hand against the strong force pulling me away.
When this is the case, the Lord provides a way for us to be saved. He has given humans the ability to have intelligence and to learn and to create. He has shown people how things can be done. He reaches out to us with more than just His hand. He reaches out with His love and His knowledge through others.
For me, this meant being hospitalized numerous times. He did not leave me alone to drown. He provided a way for me to be saved and be lifted out of the dark water. As my therapists and psychiatrists tried to help me in the best way they thought possible, I was being brought back towards the dock and closer to the outstretched hand. I was thrown a rope and I am so grateful that I grabbed on.
When we are given the opportunity to have help, let us take it. Heavenly Father knows what we need perfectly, and sometimes what we need is additional help. It is not always easy to accept, but I was saved as I did grab hold of the gift that God was giving me.
We can be lifted out of dark and troubled waters. Heavenly Father provides a way. Through the Savior, all things are possible.