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I will not drown in shallow water

By Elizabeth Prata

Just prior to coming to salvation and just after, I was going through a huge trial. It was massive and overwhelming.

All my life I’d had the sense that “something big” was going to happen to me. When it started I knew this was “it”, but I didn’t know that it was about my sin, and that the LORD was going to veritably use a 2X4 to knock me on my hard head to humble me, to make me see my sin and how evil it was. Boy, I was a hard-head.

Just after salvation I came across this Randy Travis song. I still felt tenuous, unsure if I was really saved in those months. I listened to this song constantly, and clung to it. The prodigal son came to his senses in the muck of the pig pen. I pictured myself on the muddy banks of a polluted river climbing out and over the banks drawn by the Spirit toward the Hand that was lifting me in love.

Now, I cling to the last line, ‘I will not rest until I’m free’. I will be free from the presence of sin some glad day, free from my own sinful flesh that still rears up all the time. Free from unholy affections and wayward thoughts. By the Spirit’s help and God’s grace, I will not rest until I’m free. Serving Jesus with all the capacity this meager woman can muster is my joy and privilege. We serve a great God.

What helped you when you had a rough time?

RANDY TRAVIS

I will not drown in shallow water
Not with your love within my reach
I did not come this far to falter
And will not rest until I’m free

You are the sun, you are the flower
You are the wind across the sea
And I will kneel here at your altar
And pray you’ll take my soul to keep

Oh, precious one, you are the mountain
You are the earth beneath my feet
In you we’re one now and forever
In you I find the love in me

Through your love my eyes are open
Through your love I’ll learn to see
And in your name my bread is broken
By your grace I’ll rest in peace

I will not drown in shallow water
Not with your love within my reach
I did not come this far to falter
And will not rest until I’m free

Through your love my eyes are open
Through your love I’ll learn to see
And in your name my bread is broken
By your grace I’ll rest in peace

I will not drown in shallow water
Not with your love within my reach
I did not come this far to falter
And will not rest until I’m free

I will not rest until I’m free
Until I’m free

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Christian writer and Georgia teacher's aide who loves Jesus, a quiet life, art, beauty, and children.

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