I Almost Drowned Once


I was in elementary school (I don’t remember what year exactly) & my family was at the lake with my Uncle Curt & Aunt Jackie.  I had taken swimming lessons & knew how to swim, but I swam out too far & I was starting to get tired.  When I looked back to the shore, it seemed far.  So, I began to panic & felt too tired to get back.  I started swallowing water & struggling to even keep my head above water.  I couldn’t get a loud enough call out for help before I’d sink back down again.  I was terrified.  It was all I could do to keep coming back up for air & to try to get help.  The water felt so heavy & I felt like I couldn’t fight any longer against it.

Let me make something clear.  My family was there.  They were nearby even.  They couldn’t hear me though & I wasn’t making a big scene.  It was probably pretty quiet actually.  Drowning is often quick & silent.

When I started to feel like there wasn’t any hope of making it, I felt strong arms yanking me out of the water.  It was my Aunt Jackie.  She had somehow noticed me.  My body went limp in her arms.  I was so relieved to not have to struggle anymore.  She swam me all the way back to the shore.  I have never felt so protected & grateful!  She saved my life.

This is an important message; one each parent should hear, but it’s not my main point in writing today.  I have often thought about that experience & I was thinking of it Sunday while we were in church.  I was thinking of how much life is like that fight to stay above water.  Often I feel like I’m fighting against something, struggling to keep my head above water.  I feel like no one can see how hard it is & I can’t get a breath to tell anyone either.  At times, I start to panic; fearful that I won’t be able to get myself out of the situation.  My own strength gets weaker & weaker.  Sometimes it takes a long time for me see that I can’t do it.  Truth be told, I never should have been out there -that far -by myself.

He is able to lift my head & take me to safety.

    “I lift up my eyes to the hills
          From where does my help come?
     My help comes from the LORD,
            who made heaven & earth.
     He will not let your foot be moved;
          he who keeps you will not slumber.
     Behold, He who He who keeps Israel
          will neither slumber nor sleep.
     The LORD is your Keeper;
          the LORD is your shade on your right hand.
     The sun shall not strike you by day,
          nor the moon by night.
     The LORD will keep you from all evil;
          He will keep your life.
     The LORD will keep
          your going out & your coming in
          from this time forth & forevermore.”

                                            Psalm 121, English Standard Version


This song was on one of the first Christian albums I ever bought.  I used to play it at night as I would drift off to sleep.  It was so peaceful to me.

About Jacqueline Presley

Owner/Author Creative Outpour. Member of Arkansas Women Bloggers & Northwest Arkansas Bloggers. Jacqueline lives in Springdale, AR with her husband Spencer & her two children Katie (9) & Jackson (7).

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