Buoyancy

Gravity and Buoyancy are arch enemies.  Gravity wins every time, unless Buoyancy has a larger battalion.  (Archimedes’ Law:  Fatties only float in a large pool.)

In life, I try to be buoyant; but sometimes the trial outweighs what it’s displacing.  The result is dog paddling, which always looks ridiculous.

A Funny: Midlife is when you bounce (a lot), but you don’t bounce back.

It’s all about bouncing back.  If we do hit a wall, we might [Boing!] to another, and another, before we resemble the upright buoy.  But most humans are resilient—especially those in the faith: I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me (Php 4:13).

Even the savviest of swimmers gets cornered.  Until we’re shown the way of escape (1 Cor. 10:13), there’s no choice but to tread water.  ‘Better not settle for a cheap snorkel, though, and get some quality goggles: the Bible won’t break, leak, or wear out.  Thankfully, with God’s help, lately I’ve been swimming at a fairly even clip.

Man, before I believed in the Lord, I couldn’t even dog paddle.  What kind of fish can’t swim?  ………………A dead one. 

    Flotsam: floating wreckage or cargo
    Jetsam: cargo purposefully cast overboard
    Lagan: cargo on the bottom of the ocean which can be reclaimed
    Derelict: cargo on the bottom which no one has any hope of reclaiming

Society would name certain individuals as Derelicts (rock-bottom, abandoned).  Maybe a better label would be Lagan (at the bottom, yet reclaimable).  Regardless, until one is born again, we’re Flotsam and Jetsam (dead fish that can’t swim).  (…having no hope… Eph. 2:12-13)

Floating is fun:  it doesn’t take much effort and the sun’s on your face.  But floating only gets you by for awhile:  you’re vulnerable, it requires a lot of hot air, and it gets you nowhere.

Maybe dog paddling isn’t such a bad idea after all—even if it does look ridiculous.

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