Going deeper

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“Uncle Paul, Uncle Paul, my turn, Uncle Paul!”

The children shout, sitting at the edge of the swimming pool. They are waiting for their turn to near strangle me as I carry them into the middle of the pool.

At the start of April we took 80 children and teenagers to a local swimming resort. This trip has become a regular highly anticipated occurrence. The younger children love splashing around in the shallow pools but many of them, understandably, have a fear of the deeper pool.

As soon as they see me swimming, they start calling my name. One at a time they grab hold of me as I walk through the water. They start to panic as I slowly prise their arms from around my neck and help them to gain confidence.

“UNCLE PAUL, DON’T LET GO”

“Don’t worry, I’m here, I won’t let go”

I then return them to the edge where they breathe a sigh of relief with a smile on their face. As I guided them around the pool, I thought about how Father God says those words to us.

“Don’t worry, I’m here, I won’t let go”

As I enter into uncomfortable situations and new experiences, I feel myself clinging onto God more, especially onto His promise that He will always be with us. Out of my comfort zone I learn the most about myself, and what it means to be fully human. At these times I’m aware of my connection to God and His love for this world, of my weaknesses and strengths and of the benefits of having a community around me.

It’s easy to be comfortable and stay in the shallow pool but life to the full is found in taking risks and going deeper.

– P

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