Afterward he measure a thousand; and it was a river that I could not pass over; for the waters were risen, waters to swim in, a river that could not be passed over. (Ezekiel 47:5)

Summertime and swimming go together like winter and skiing. In my birthplace of Upstate NY, neighborhood children found welcome relief from the heat by wading or swimming. I did not like to get into any water over my head.

To this day, I still want my toes touching bottom. The dislike of water in my nose and choking on water deterred my aquatic adventures. I never got up enough courage to jump from diving boards. When in water, my preference was floating on my back.

My cowardice hindered me from adventures of swimming out in the deep. Swimming in shallow water is for timid beginners, while progress from cautious-to-courageous as we seek a deeper Spirit filled life.

After surrendering my life to Christ and growing in faith, he drew me away from my shoreline comfort zone, into deeper spiritual waters. The Holy Spirit opened my eyes of understanding to the word of God.

The deeper I go into the Bible the more I want to know the Father. I want to feel the waves of worship breaking over my head. It may be that Jesus is beckoning me to walk with him on water. Do I dare?

Heavenly Father, forgive me for faltering in my faith. I am prone to play it safe. Allow me to witness your supernatural power. I make a rededication to serve you by ministry to others. In Jesus name. I pray. Amen.


Devotionals are her first love in writing. Published articles in Mature Living Magazine, Devotions for the Deaf, The Secret Place, Light from the Word, Coosa Journal, With God Daily, Mary Hollingsworth’s The One Year Devotional of Joy and Laughter by Tyndale Publishers.