God’s Word for Today: Sink. When one hears this word sink, you automatically can go 2 different directions. Some might go straight to the kitchen where we find the most famous sink in the house. Ah, the stories revolving around the kitchen sink. The meals cooked, the dishes washed, and back in the day, probably the first few baths as a baby. I don’t remember my first bath in the kitchen sink, but I am positive there is a picture of me floating around somewhere to attest to my smiling and quite chubby self, enjoying a kitchen sink bath.
Then you have those who take sink in a whole other direction. As in, sink or swim. Many a story has been shared telling of the way a person learned how to swim. The most popular and greatest to hear is the father, grandfather, uncle, or some man that would take a kid out in a boat to the middle of a good sized pond or lake. Then, simply proceed to throw the child in the water an exclaim “Now you can either learn how to swim, or sink”. This story always has a successful ending. I mean really, the person had to have learned how to swim, or they wouldn’t be around to share their story.
I believe we may have evolved from that practice and graduated to a more structured type swimming lesson system. I suppose it is better and safer to have one’s child take lessons to learn how to swim. But, the story is rather on the boring side. It is pretty cool when the child comes home with the excitement of finally jumping off the diving board at the pool. Making your own choice to jump into deep water is, in the long run, maybe better than having someone simply throw you in the deep water.
Personally, my brother and I were self-taught swimmers via the cattle ponds out in the pasture. This wasn’t an everyday type lesson experience and sometimes not even once in the whole summer. The cattle ponds in our area depended on very heavy rains that generated enough runoff to fill them up. If these rains came in late spring, or even a good thunderstorm in the middle of summer, we were then supplied with the luxurious swimming accommodations that had no cost and only were shared with the cows, turtles, frogs, and occasional water snake. Man, was it fun though. We had Olympic swimming trials and everything.
No matter how one learned the ability to swim, the object was simple, don’t sink. You could apply 100 other different rules to swimming as far as technique, floating abilities (still haven’t mastered that one) and water survival skills. But it still comes down to how long you can go before you sink. Isn’t a life vest an amazing tool to aid with the not sinking thing?
Isaiah 29:13. The Lord says: “These people come near to me with their mouth and honor me with their lips but their hearts are far from me. Their worship of me is based on merely human rules they have been taught.
Well I’ll be. This scripture is another of God calling it like it is. And just think of how long ago this was written. Imagine how many human rules there are now in the Church compared to back in that time. I mean after all, have we not as Christians evolved and became much better at our practice?
Maybe it is better if we go back a few steps. Back to the basics. A simple relationship between you and your Creator. You and God, one on one. No rules, no prescribed necessities as to how you should love the Lord. Just a clean, clear and pure relationship with the One who is in control of your life.
Don’t get me wrong, each and every Church has its good. Has its purpose and serves many a follower. Churches are good. Churches need to be visited. Churches need to be supported. Churches have an incredible amount of give in them. You must simply find the one God calls you to.
Today though, when it comes down to the nitty gritty. When you know that the purest form of worship is just you and God. When you have thrown everything you have including the kitchen sink, at this world and still came up empty. Then, it is time for a personal relationship between you and your Savior. After all, who better to help you either sink, or swim………………
Prayer: Dearest Lord and Master of my world. Forgive me for the times I have headed in every direction but toward you. I have found that no matter who or what I listen to, if I don’t have a strong and direct connection with you God, I am going to sink. Sometimes I have sunk rapidly. Other times, it is an almost slow undiscernible sink. But either way God, without you I am nothing in this world except a lead weight made to sink. Thank you for reaching out when I cry. Thank you for teaching me how to swim in this world. Thank you for saving my life God. In Jesus’, the swim Teacher, name I pray. Amen.