“The water can’t be very deep; it only comes half way up those ducks!” My dad was always a bit of a joker. For a duck, the depth of the water is irrelevant.
For us humans, of course we have to learn to swim in the shallow water, but after that, it’s simply a matter of confidence; if you can swim in shallow water, you can swim in the deep.
It’s a bit like that in the spiritual realm. We learn to trust God in the smaller things, then as our trust in him grows, we can push out into the deeper things of God, or the more difficult situations. If we have developed our ‘faith muscles’ then we can swim there too.
Actually, there is no water too deep for us to be able to swim in. But it can be too shallow. By never taking any risks in God, we miss out on a whole area of spiritual life. How many times do we miss out on the blessings because we won’t step out in faith?
For Noah, safe inside the ark, it made no difference how high the flood rose (Genesis 7 v 17-23). The water only ever came half way up the side of the ark! But what a difference it made for those outside. Yes, maybe they could swim in the deep water, but only for a time, and eventually every one of them was wiped out. Noah couldn’t have swum it either, however much faith he had. But God provided a way. He only expects of us as much as we are able to give; after that he’ll make a way where there is no way. We can trust him in deep waters.
“I can do all this through him who gives me strength.”