A visitor at a fishing dock asked an old fisherman who was sitting there, "If I were to fall into this water, would I drown?" It was a weird way of asking how deep the water was, but the fisherman had a good answer. "Naw," he said. "Fallin' into the water doesn't drown anybody. It's staying under it that does."
Life has had its shares of splashing in the water lately, and guess what? I don't swim. Parenting. Work. Health. Temptations. Things breaking down. Finances. I am sure you could make your own list of struggles. They come in various forms. I am sure we know what it means to fall into water.
But as the old wise fisherman points out, it is not the "falling into the water that drowns anybody, it is the staying under." Jesus never promised us freedom from struggles. In fact, he once said to his disciples in John 16:33, "I have told you these things so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world." He promises us "peace in him", but he doesn't promise us freedom from struggles. We will have trouble. Life will have its challenges, but we don't have to stay under the water. Even more, as Jesus speaks to John about the seven churches of Asia in Revelation 2-3, Jesus gives to each church a promise, "To him who overcomes, I will..." In other words, don't stay under the water, if you come back up and overcome, there is a promise of God waiting for you. And as we keep coming up from our falls and slips, if not jumps, into the water, we experience the wonders of God and his promises even more as we seek him in the water.
I like Laura Story's song, which is so popular right now, called "Blessings." Here is the chorus: "Cause what if your blessings come thru rain drops, what if your healing comes thru tears, what if a thousand sleepless nights are what it takes to know you're near, what if trials of this life are your mercies in disguise."
Falling into water usually involves hurts, pains, sufferings, and brokenness. It is only then that we learn and/or remember not to depend on our own strength, and seek God's help and power and love. As we do seek him, he will fulfill his promises and bring you up out of the water.
Peace be with you!