In Over Your Head or Just Upside Down

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When was the last time you felt in over your head? A year ago? Or maybe you do right now.

No matter when it is, it’s a terrible sensation. To take the analogy literally, we as people tend to float in water, so nothing should ever be “over our heads.” The implication is that something’s bound us to the floor, or we’re simply too tired to keep swimming, and the water has therefore risen above head-level.

But there’s another possibility for those stuck in a place where it seems your abilities have been outclassed by your circumstances.

You may just be upside down.

Despite being white and soft, getting stuck head-first in the snow is extremely, dark, debilitating and unenjoyable. Whether being thrown in by the older kids, our crashing during a skiing or snowboarding catastrophe, I’ve never liked the sensation.

The key to righting ourselves during the most perplexing of situations does not so much depend on our capacity as it does our perspective.

13 No temptation [peirasmós: to prove, an experience of evil, solicitation, discipline, adversity] has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.

1 Corinthians 10:13

Whether the temptation is to give up or to give in, asking God for his “way out” is really the only thing we need to right ourselves and handle the circumstance. The simple truth is, he sees what we can not.

If you’re walking with Jesus, the reality is you’re never in over your head. But you may be upside down.

If so, relax. Stop struggling. And ask for help, even if it’s a mumble. Then don’t fight against the pressure you feel on your foot.

It’s God, trying to adjust your perspective.

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  • Thanks, I needed to hear that today. 😀

  • Saw the picture of the upside down guy and had an immediate flashback of a farmer friend who got tangled up in the drive rod that ran his hay baler. It grabbed his loose shirt tale and immediately flipped him over the bar and backwards onto his neck and stripped him of all his clothes except his coat which had a choke hold around his neck while his legs and boots stuck straight up in the air. At one point he thought he was going to pass out and die, naked, feet up in the air. When he finally worked himself free, his clothes were in tatters so he had the added embarrassment of having to walk back to the house naked. He said the experience helped straighten him out.

    • Blane: That’s quite a story! As one who knows the dangers of farming from one of my best childhood friends, that’s certainly amazing he got away clean at all! Thanks for sharing.