Keep Swimming Forward.


Just keep swimming

 

"Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart."

- Psalm 37:4 (NIV)

 

Children's movies can teach some of the most powerful life lessons.

There's a scene in Finding Nemo, where Nemo's dad, Marlin, loses hope in finding his son. And then his new friend Dory steps in to teach him a lesson in fortitude.


"Hey, Mr. grumpy gills!" Dory teased. "When life gets you down, you know what you gotta do?"


"Just keep swimming!"


She then started singing her famous (and very catchy) "just keep swimming" song as she grabbed Marlin's hand to travel into the darkness.


I had a Marlin, grumpy gill, moment recently.

"Lord, nothing I'm doing is working."

"Maybe I'm not hearing you clearly."

"Why do I feel stuck?"

"When is it going to be my time?"


Those were the thoughts that were floating through my mind. I had a moment, and I'm sure you can relate.

I want all that God has in store for me, but there are times when I get discouraged and lose sight of what's truly important. There are times when I feel like I'm stuck in a giant pool of bubble gum and nothing I do seems to be helping me to break free.

—Wait, that's the point.


Nothing I DO seems to be helping. Some battles can only be won with God.

When I was a junior in high school, I decided to join the track team. I was one of the fastest kids in school, but I was terribly out of shape.

So I chose the 100-meter and 200-meter events because I knew that was as far as I could run without passing out from exhaustion. My coach challenged me to do the 400-meter, but I wasn’t willing to put in the extra work and conditioning to get in shape.


I was lazy.


Well, a few weeks into my track career, my pride and laziness took a huge hit. I tore my hamstring, and I never ran again.


Life isn’t a sprint, it’s a journey. Sometimes we are too focused on the end goal that we forget about what it takes to get there and maintain it.

The journey along the way is where our faith grows and where we learn some of life's greatest lessons. The journey is the blessing.


"Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart."

- Psalm 37:4


God knows every desire in our hearts and promises to fulfill them as we abide in Him and live according to His Word. But in His timing, not ours.


I love the 42nd chapter of Job. It shows us how faithful God is.

Job lost everything—his wealth, his family, and even his health. But in the end, God restored everything he lost and blessed him with even more.

Just as God came through for Job, He will come through for us.

I remember when I had one of my discouraging moments, a friend texted me for advice. My focus instantly shifted from my needs to hers.

I encouraged her with scripture, and I found myself encouraged too. Because that's what scripture does—lift our spirits.


I don't know what you're going through in your life, but I do know that only God can help you to win your battles. He wants to use you right where you are.

As we used to say in church growing up, "You're in the right place at the right time to receive a blessing from the Lord."

Enjoy the journey. Let God continue to perfect your faith so when you arrive at your destination, you're fully prepared to receive all that He has in store for you.

God has not forgotten about you. He sees you, your needs, and the greater purpose He has for your life. Keep your focus on Him and just keep swimming forward!

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Do great things with God.

- Mags

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