2 Corinthians 1:3-4 "Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God"
On a vacation a couple of years ago, one of the excursions that we enjoyed was snorkeling in the beautiful reefs of the Caribbean. In order to reach our destination, we traveled by small boat with four other people off the shore, donned our snorkel equipment and were required to jump into the water from the side of the boat and then swim to the site for snorkeling. I knew that this would produce some anxiety for our then nine year old daughter, who can swim, but is not an expert.
I knew that her anxiety would come from the "unknown" element of the water and adventure as her personality is one that commands to be "in the know" so to speak. I jumped into the water first and we coached her to jump in and I could see some fear in her eyes. As I turned to swim near to her, I felt her small hand in mine. She had found me for comfort before I could get to her. She knew that she could seek comfort from me.
We immensely enjoyed our "hand-in-hand" snorkeling adventure as we admired many of God's creations while looking through the crystal clear water. We saw several species of fishes, starfish, lobster, a sea turtle, barracuda, Medusa, conch shells, reef with caverns and more.
I revisit this adventure often in my mind. While enjoying the memories one day, God spoke to me about the "hand-in-hand" element of it. This is how He wants us to approach Him everyday during the scary and unknown parts of our existence in this world. When we are afraid to swim in the day-to-day waters, we should reach for his hand for the comfort and security that will allow us to enjoy his creations and The Sweet Stuff while we are here on earth. #TSS