“When I was out on the cliff, I began to see things clearly. All I wanted was to be with you, and so, I hung on until you came.” The previous (paraphrased) line was spoken by the character, Jessica in the movie The Man From Snowy River. I was moved to tears by that line because it reminded me of my relationship with God.
There was a time in my life as you know, when things had become so cloudy, I didn’t think I was going to make it. I was drowning in despair and like a woman going down for the third time, I knew my life was on the line. Now, it wasn’t until I entered the medical field, that I understood what “going down for the third time’ really meant. When a person is drowning, they expend all their energy trying to stay above water. Instead of relaxing and allowing their body to float, they fight against the water with all their might.
The first time a drowning person go under water, they have enough strength to fight their way back to the top. Each time they go under, more energy is expended and by the time they go under for the third time, the body is spent and the individual usually doesn’t resurface. In my darkest moment, I was like that drowning victim, going down for the third time, but with my hand and arm still above water. Even more so, I was like the character, Jessica in the movie “The Man From Snowy River,” sitting on a small ledge on the side of a mountain suspended above what seemed a bottomless drop that had I slipped would surely end in death. Above me, a straight climb up the side of the mountain, I was unable or prepared to make alone.
As I looked down, things came into perspective. I knew I didn’t want to die. What I wanted was a second chance at life; to love God more and with my whole heart. I wanted an opportunity to not only tell but demonstrate to my family and friends the love I had for them and so, I hung on and waited. I knew beyond a shadow of doubt, my Father God would come for me. I was confident, He would extend his hand and lock his fingers around my wrist and pull me to safety.
Perhaps you find yourself out on a ledge, unable to move forward or backward without falling. You may be like a drowning victim, going under for the third time. I say to you thrust your arm in the air and God will grab a hold and pull you to safety. He is no respecter of person; if He did it for me, He’ll do it for you.
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