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What I Learned in Murky Water

by Tiffany Collier

While scuba diving with my Uncle Jerry in the murky water of Lake Travis, I got a glimpse of how God leads us.

 The sun’s rays bore down on me as I pulled on my wet suit. Swarms of mayflies coated the nearby boats and the surface of the lake. Every year our Pathfinder club helps with the Lake Travis Underwater Cleanup in central Texas. This year I was going to be a diver for the first time. My Uncle Jerry, who’d been a scuba diver since college, planned to be my diving buddy. I’d just recently gotten my license.

Out on the lake Uncle Jerry helped me put on the rest of my diving gear. Then we stepped out of the boat into the water. In the water, I realized that helping to clean up the lake wasn’t going to be as easy as I’d thought. It was summertime in Texas and hadn’t rained in months, making the water level incredibly low. The hot sun made the lake feel like an oversized bath tub.
“How far down are we planning to dive?” I asked Uncle Jerry as we floated in the water.
“About 40 feet, I hope,” he replied.
I nodded as I adjusted my mask. That 
didn’t seem too far down. We gave each other the signal, then began our descent.
The water was incredibly murky. I put my hand in front of my face, then moved it to about a foot away from my face. Even at that short distance, I could see only the vaguest shadow of my hand. All of a sudden I felt scared, and I started trembling. I 
couldn’t see where I was going!
Then, through the gloomy water, I saw my uncle’s shadow. He reached out, took me by the hand, and led me along as we scoured the lake’s bottom for trash.
Right there, underwater, for the first time I really caught a glimpse of what God does in our lives. Our futures may look murky to us, and sometimes we get really scared. Then God reaches through the gloom and takes us by the hand. As long as we hold onto His hand, He’ll lead us where we need to go.
God through David the psalmist wrote: “I am continually with You; You hold me by my right hand. You will guide me with Your counsel, and afterward receive me to glory” (Psalm 73:23, 24, NKJV).* Isn’t that good news?
*Texts credited to NKJV are from the New King James Version. Copyright © 1979, 1980, 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
Tiffany Collier, who loves to write, lives in Texas.

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