The Arm of the Lifeguard:


Down, down, and under. It was inevitable, she was sinking. No one could prevent the ship wreck. The winds were beginning to blow, and so she willingly gave herself over to the gods of the seas. They would decide her fate tonight. Yet, inside her she had already selected her own destiny. She had already chosen to drown. Even when the gods of the sea, whom she had chosen to believe, had not yet made up their minds concerning her.

But she was already drowning...deep, deep...way down under.

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Every second, someone drowns. It comes upon them like an unexpected thief in the night. Some have drowned due to their own mistakes or errors, while others have drowned from chasing things which should be chasing after them instead. Some have drowned because of a lack of knowledge, and others have drowned because of too much knowledge. But there is another category of drowning: those who out rightly "choose" to drown. They choose to drown because life makes them bitter. They choose to drown, because, heck...they want to! They take a look at life and they choose to drown. They take a look at what life has to offer, and then in the midst of crazy circumstances they choose to see their cups half-empty, rather than half-full. Rather than dream to become the majestic princes riding on horses, they settle for becoming the very slaves who walk the horses (Ecclesiastes 10:7). When they stare at the beauty of the sun, they just see the sun...they do not see God behind the sun.

Drowning could be a choice, even when we think it is not. We may think that oh, the things we face daily are different from what others face. But the thing is that your shoes hurt in a different place than where someone else's shoes hurt. But you don't know where.
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If drowning is a choice, then we must choose something else. We must burst through the waters and reach for the arms of the life guard. We must raise our hands up and kick our feet violently, like a huge fish does when it is gasping for air on dry land. Oh, no no no...it doesn't just sit down there and give up the ghost...it shakes and shakes until the entire earth beneath it begins to shake too. But we give up too fast. We, on the other hand, are fast to determine that there is no pulse left in our bodies. We are sometimes too fast to pronounce the death sentence.

And yet, the Master Potter works on His wheel...tirelessly...to shape and remold each of us that He has created.

I imagine that each day He chooses to remold my eyes...to open them so that they can see the bigger picture. I imagine that He shapes my heart and my mind to know and understand what 'hope' means. To understand that when I am given the choice between drowning and hoping, that I choose HOPE.

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22 comments:

Afrobabe said...

Wow...this captures it beautifuly

Danny Bagucci said...

wow... more stuff for the silent moments here Jaycee...... Only its often so much easier to just let go and drown rather than reach out for the outstretched hand that's willing us on to grab it and be saved...... nice...

Jinta said...

probably even worse is someone drowning who does not realise it

i also choose hope

~Sirius~ said...

Drowning is a choice......

Life is about choices......

The rising of the sun signifies the fact that we are one day closer to our dream............so why let go only to drown?

Kafo said...

I choose life
I choose to float in my masters hands

I choose Christ

StandTall-The Activist said...

If drowning is a chI choice, I gladly choose not to drown but to float and reach the sky...

The poets voice ~~~ said...

I choose hope
I choose to reach for the lifeguard's arm
I choose Christ!

Reverence said...

i choose hope!!!
tomorrow well taoday lunch break me you gist..

NoLimit said...

I choose hope!!!

simeone said...

mhen...i choose life o, i choose christ and choose to keep believing...
now what do i say to you...

Mimi said...

it has already been prophesied that this blog will open more doors for you right??

Well I am just decreeing it again in Jesus Name.

Love ya!

Omosewa said...

Very very nice, i choose to HOPE.

It's easy to give up when we look at our own abilities/capabilities.

I always remind myself that God is more than enough for me and He's able, where i come short.

Iyawo, long time, happy new year!! Go to my new blog*wink*

My Quest said...

Thanks for being an encouragment.
Your blog always inspires, keep doing what you are doing.
I will be posting something soon on my long absence. Peace

Rina

Writefreak said...

Thanks again Jaycee for a word in season...i choose hope, i refuse to drown..
The part about not knowing where other people's shoes hurt definitely ministered to me..
Enjoy the rest of your week dear..how's the Mr?

Lolia said...

But you that you're an amazing writer right? :)

Kémi Penélopê said...

This morning when I woke up, the first thing that came to mind was to go to blog...Weird abi? But there's a good reason (soon you will know...)

People think that just setting up a blog is simply just for fun but there's more to it.You become more to those who silently read your blog and become transformed to be a better person simply by what your heart shares with them.

It is not about how many comments that are left but by how many souls that are transformed just by reading what you have to share...
They change...and you (the blogger) also change...
That I have to say brings me to tears when I think of it...God is so amazing. There's a chain reaction here...

Jayce, just keep doing what you are doing...touching one soul every second, minute, hour...until all return to the one who loves them with an everlasting love...

adebanji said...

I choose hope too OOOH!
Great Piece!

Rita said...

The way HE gives hope is amazing... all I want is His touch, that moulds and perfects

Welldone Jaycee, God bless you

Miss Iyabo Opeke said...

Jaycee...how have you been? It has been quiet a while and as usual, you always have something wonderful to share with the 'Stalkers' of your blog...

Uzezi said...

the word that stands out in this post is 'choose'

we have choices to make. what will that choice be?

nice one jaycee

Kafo said...

thanks for putting up the playback info
i was just on Diamonds blog whinning about how i wish i was there

i hope all is well with you oooooo

take care
and remember that you are already an overcomer

rethots said...

"...she had already selected her own destiny. She had already chosen to drown."

We should continually choose to see the cup as half filled no matter the (surrounding) circumstances.