Maybe you are.

I remember it like it was last week.  We were on family vacation in Jamaica, once again at my Dad’s favorite place, Doctor’s Cave Beach. This particular day, my Dad’s sister joined us.  Her laugh could lift the atmosphere, drive away storm clouds and cause everyone around to join in her jubilee.  Dad and Auntie were getting ready to jump in the beautiful blue Caribbean.  She was joyfully laughing and ready to experience the deep blue. Before jumping in, Dad cautioned me, “Now Tricia, don’t do what I’m about to do.”  Why did he say that to a curious 9 year old?

Then off he ran, speeding into a running long jump, diving into the Caribbean.  I was always enamored with my Dad’s swimming ability.   I could not swim, but he made it look so easy. So I decided that I would disregard my Dad’s command, and try just what I saw him do. Let’s just say, I soon found myself in over my head.

I was drowning.  I could see my short 9 years flashing before me. Why did I find myself in over my head?  I disregarded my Dad’s command.  I disobeyed and found myself flailing for my life.

As I struggled to find the surface, for what felt like an eternity, that deep blue Caribbean seemed to be winning. Then suddenly, I  felt these warm arms pull me up.  It was my Aunt! She saved my life.

Have you ever felt like you have been in over your head?  Could it be you are in an unpleasant position – health challenges, financial ruin, a bad relationship, an unfortunate circumstance, because you decided to disregard wise counsel, or even God’s instruction?

The good news is, God is not happy to see us suffer even when it’s our fault. He loves us. Like my Aunt, He is willing and able to save us.

Some were fools; they rebelled and suffered for their sins. They couldn’t stand the thought of food, and they were knocking on death’s door. “Lord, help!” they cried in their trouble, and he saved them from their distress. He sent out his word and healed them, snatching them from the door of death. Psalm 107:17-20 NLT