a young child and her parent, often her dad, at the neighborhood pool? She creeps up to the side of the pool, sticking her toes over the edge. Her dad is in the deep end, standing in water up to his chest. He gestures to her, telling her to “jump! Jump!”

But the little girl can’t. It’s scary! The water is deep. She doesn’t know how to swim. She doesn’t know what will happen if she jumps. But her dad is in the pool. The little girl is afraid of the water, but she trusts her dad. His arms are wide open, and he is telling her to jump. So what does she do? She jumps! And what does her dad do? He catches her! And everyone claps.

Maybe you were like that little girl, not so long ago. Maybe you were like her yesterday! It can be scary to jump into the unknown. The water is deep and dark. We often feel so small. But Jesus is saying, “Jump! I will catch you!”

Trusting Christ is key to swimming through this world. “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding,” says Proverbs chapter 3.

We should jump into the mess of this world with all of our heart. When we do, we will find we are in the arms of our Savior, and able to swim through the deepest water. Others will see and admire our bravery. Then we can show them Christ. He is standing in the deep end, telling them to jump in too!

“Trusting Christ is key to swimming through this world.”

Proverbs 3:5

“Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.”