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.