Falling and floating - Hope 103.2

Falling and floating

By David ReayFriday 22 May 2015LifeWords DevotionalsFaithReading Time: 0 minutes


Read Isaiah 40:30-31

30        Even youths will become weak and tired,
               and young men will fall in exhaustion.
31        But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength.
               They will soar high on wings like eagles.
             They will run and not grow weary.
               They will walk and not faint. (NLT)

One of the challenges of learning to swim was learning to float on one’s back. When swimming,there is the sense we are in control,that all our kicking of arms and legs is keeping us afloat. But when it comes to floating on our back we are really doing nothing. It takes trust and faith to believe we won’t sink.

It is a bit like Christian faith in God. All our kicking and splashing is of no use. Ultimately we can do nothing to earn grace and cannot manage our lives in such a way as to ensure our desired outcomes. Trust is learning to fall and float,to trust that we will not sink but be sustained.

The following poem by Denise Levertov can be read as prose. It makes this very point very eloquently: “As swimmers dare to lie face to the sky and waters bear them,as hawks rest upon air and air sustains them,so would I learn to attain freefall and float into the Creator’s deep embrace,knowing no effort earns that all surrounding grace.”

David Reay