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Saturday, 23 January 2021 07:00

Enjoying Summer #3 - Turn over and Float

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I am not sure if you had the same experience, but last year often felt like one of treading water for me. I felt like I was waiting for so many things, so of which seemed to take forever to be possible. The image of treading water was powerful because it seemed to encapsulate my experience. I definitely felt like I was going nowhere, and I sure was getting tired. Treading water can be a desolate experience. When I was talking to my spiritual director she encouraged me to imagine myself turning over onto my back and floating in then water rather than engaging in the tiring task of treading water. This was a metaphor for surrendering to God once again.

We probably all experience times in our lives where we feel like we are treading water and just managing to keep going. In some circumstances, people can even feel so weighed down that they are beginning to sink. What would it mean for us to turn over and float? I think turning over to float is about reminding ourselves to relax into the embrace of God when we face difficult circumstances – rather than trying to do the work of treading water why not turn over and allow God to hold us?

Floating then, is an analogy for relaxing into the arms of God and allowing him to embrace us in the midst of whatever life circumstances we find ourselves in. It also reminds and encourages us to live in the present.

Are there situations in your life where you need to turn over and float, to allow God to hold you? Many of us spend time in the water over summer – perhaps one way to have a time of prayer is to turn over and float – consciously ask God to embrace you and allow yourself to experience his presence with all your senses  – the cool of the water, the warmth of the sun, the sea-breeze smell (and taste?), the wave sounds… and more.

Mel Edwards