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Topic: The Deep End (03/06/14)
TITLE: Stolen Joy
By June Thomas
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"Natalie, let’s go" shouts her dad as they hustle out of the house. In the car Natalie takes a deep breath in anticipation for what's ahead. A little happy and a little scared at the same time.
They arrived at the pool house. "You are early Natalie, are you ready?” greeted Natalie's swimming instructor. Already standing at the edge of the pool Natalie responds in a very quiet and hesitant voice "yes". She lied, fear had gripped her heart tight now. The shallow pool looked really good now, it was what she was good at, and it was what she knew.
Natalie's dad realizing that she was afraid, sits down by her side at the edge of the pool. "Natalie" he says "you have been preparing for this for months. It’s not what you are used to. This is a new challenge in your life that you have decided to face. Just like becoming a Christian. When you started it was easy because you had Jesus. When challenges came you faced them head on because you had Jesus.
Now the challenge before you right now is fear and not your ability, because you know you can do it. God has not given you a spirit of fear but of love and a sound mind. And never forget you still have Jesus".
Still fearful but now feeling encouraged, Natalie stood up, hugged her dad and looked into her fear. A twenty feet deep, blue, monster of a man made swimming pool. And then it hit her, man made this pool not God, therefore it can be conquered and I still have Jesus. She realized that she allowed her joy to be stolen because she was excited about this for months.
She smiled, then jumped in the deep end of the pool. When she came out of the water she realized something profound. The deep end of the pool was only six feet deep, fear had blinded her.
A rush of excitement overwhelmed her as she realized what she had just accomplished. The deep end was not just the depth of the water in the pool but how deep she had allowed fear to take root within her.
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