“When you pass through the waters, I will be with you. And when you pass through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you.”– Isaiah 43:2
This scripture came to mind this morning when my family and I were out on the lake. When I was little, I loved to swim. My mom could never get me out of the pool. But the past few summers, the exact opposite has happened: she can’t get me in the pool or the lake. There are a couple of reasons for that, one of them being my feet. Because of the braces I have to wear and the way I walk, there are callouses on my big toes, and I’m embarrassed about them. So, for the last three years, I haven’t taken my shoes off when we go out on the boat, either.
I did today.
My parents convinced me that my feet looked fine, and that maybe, the cool water would feel good. They helped me sit on the edge of our boat, and for the first time in three summers, I put my feet in the lake.
It felt… wonderful.
I loved it. The water was cool and refreshing, and I found myself wondering why I let my insecurities stop me from doing something I love. I wondered why I had let my insecurities have that much control over me, and I made myself a promise not to let it happen again. I promised myself that for the rest of the summer, I’m going to stretch, work out, practice with my crutches, and make becoming more independent a priority. Because I want to be able to go to college, live my dreams, and shine for the Lord, and the only way I’ll be able to do that is if I work hard and fight for it. For once, that thought doesn’t scare me. I can-and I will- become stronger and more independent, because the Lord is right next to me, fighting with me.