Just Stand Up!


Rope (Photo credit: lovestruck.)

When I was 16 years old I went on a float trip.   I was not a strong swimmer, actually I was lucky if I could doggy paddle in a calm swimming pool, so a rushing river was the last place I should have ever been.

I will be showing my age with this next part… This was back in the days when car tires had inner tubes.  We sat on the inner tubes with our back sides in the hole and floated with the current of the river.  The most fun part of our float trip was when we would come to white water rapids.  When we would reached the rapids we would go over rocks and the water would be so strong we would try hard not to let go of the tubes.   I am not much of a sportsmanly type of person and this was my one and only float trip so for all you seasoned floaters forgive me for not knowing all the technical floating terms, just remember I made sure I never fell off my tube! 🙂

At one point of our journey one of my friend’s inner tubes popped and we had the brilliant idea to tie the inner tubes together with a rope and make one giant tube raft.   We all piled on it and because I was not a good swimmer my place to ride was in the middle so I would not fall off.

All of us piled on one giant tube raft was actually much more fun and I actually felt much safer in the middle…that is until we reached some really strong rapids.  As we were going over the rapids our raft became hung up on the rapids by the rope we had used to tie them together.  Everyone else fell off, but my arm became tangled in the ropes and I was stuck under the water tied to the tubes.   I kept somehow pulling my face out to breathe and was trying hard to get free but no matter how hard I tried I could not get my arm loose.  I was tangled and the rope was digging into my arm from the force of the water.   I remember feeling totally frightened and exhausted.

The current had taken my friends downstream so it took a while for them to get back to me, once they did they began trying to pull the rope off.   Though they were trying hard to free me the water kept pulling on the tubes and me making the rope tighter on my arm.  My arm began to turn purple because now the circulation was being cut off by the pull of the ropes, it was becoming numb and lifeless.   No matter how hard they tried they could not get me loose it was a very scary and panicky situation.

In the midst of all the panic suddenly a voice yelled from the bank “Just stand up!”  All the sudden we all realized the water was not over my head! The other kids were all standing around me but nobody had realized this?!?!

My friends began to help me stand up this released some of the pressure of the water pulling on the tubes and then others managed to pull the tubes up out of the water freeing them from the pull of the current,  They were finally able to cut the ropes loose and set me free!

Today as I remembered this I got to thinking about how we can become this way in our lives too.  Like my arm that had become tangled in the ropes and was turning purple from no circulation of blood, in our lives we can become so tangled in the circumstances of our troubles that we block off the life blood of Jesus that flows in us.  The solution may be there right in front of us to take his hand and to ‘just stand up’ but instead we keep clinging to our own solutions. Our own solutions can bind us by dragging us down and pulling us under, sometimes causing us to drown.

Looking back I realize that I would have drowned that day in 3 or 4 foot of water had I not stood up.  It took others to help me stand but once I listened and I stood up, my friends were able to remove the ropes setting me free, allowing me to live and enjoy the rest of the day.

You know Jesus can do the same in our lives.

How may times have I heard Him say, “just stand up!” but instead I stayed down struggling as the full force of the waves of life rushed over me to the point of almost drowning?   Standing up is the first step to being set free.  He will take our hands, help us stand and cut the ties that bind. He will not let us drown. We just have listen and trust in him He can help us and He can bring us joy again.

Each time he said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me.  2 Corinthians 12:9

Thank you for reading and God bless,


6 thoughts on “Just Stand Up!

  1. Freedomborn - Set Free Eternally says:

    A great message T, Wow I knew your were writing this recall but I was worried if you were going to drown 🙄 but it also reminded me of the time I nearly drowned when I was 12.

    The shark alarm went when I was swimming with my Sisters at Terrigal beach and as they were trying to get out they pushed me aside and I was caught in a current that was dragging me towards a pipe in the water, I would have been dashed to death, if I wasn’t eaten first. As I was going down for the third time, swallowing lots of water I was rescued by a Lifesaver, thankfully it was a Dolphin not a shark, or perhaps I may have drowned, it would have depended on how brave the Life – Saviour was … You and I are both alive because God wanted us to be, He is our Life – Saviour…. How good is that!

    Yes as you shared T lets choose to Trust and Obey Him with the empowering of The Holy Spirit and stand firm in Him.

    As you know T my Mother has had a stroke, thank you for your prayers, I’m going to Sydney to see her, I leave tomorrow , I’m staying down there from two weeks to a month, I will be in touch when I get back, you will be in my thoughts and Prayers. I’m going to pray for all my Blogging friends on the plane to Sydney and on the return, however the Spirit leads.

    Take care -Christian Love from us both – Anne


    • T says:

      Wow Anne that is quite a story! Yes he is our live “Savior” and that IS god 😀 Thank you for your prayers for me and know that I will keep you and your mother in my prayers


  2. hobounivercity says:

    Thank u T for liking my poem. My like button doesnt work on my browser for some reason but I do like this story about your inner tube floatin adventure and your witness for Jesus you are giving us all. My fav verse ‘For God so Loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him shall not perish but have Everlasting life’ John 3:16 . As Christian Soldiers we must stand on this verse together n know thru our faith n love we give out freely he will b there even when it feels as thou we r drowning. He rescues and saves his children. God bless u again T.


  3. Beverley says:

    Really like this, I had spent most of the afternoon trying to find this post to read to my daughter, I found it so uplifting, I had read it before a week back but my IPAD shut off in he midst, so I couldn’t find it. Anyway I recall my heart was beating so fast until I got to the part where you was told to stand up. You are so right Terri, a true reflection of certain aspects of my life. and I wanted m6. Daughter to read it and learn to stand up. I hope it’s helped her.
    And yes God has really come through, Although i am not at that part in my blog as yet, 🙂

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    • T says:

      Thank you so much and I am so glad you found it uplifting, what I hope to do in writing is to help or uplift and show Jesus to others. Your words are like the affirmation I need to keep writing though at times it still makes me uncomfortable to tell my feelings out to the public. I am so Glad God has came through for you and I do look forward to getting to that part of your blog. What I have read so far you have and amazing story!


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