Recently a dear friend told me of the time she nearly drowned. The story struck a chord in me and I wanted to capture the elements that stood out…
She had tumbled from her canoe she found herself caught in the full force of the river, sucked under and into the powerful current. From the surface she had not realised how strong it was because she had watched others pull themselves out of its flow. But now, beneath the surface, she would fight it for her life.
Struggling for breath she mustered all the strength she thought she had, to break free and push to the surface for air.
But her efforts were futile against the force that held her down and dragged her along.
And it was then she realised the men she had seen escape must have been far stronger than she.
Desperate to live, she tried again: gathering strength beyond what she knew she possessed,
to reach for air and save herself.
Still it was not enough… Her head broke the surface for only a moment before she was sucked back down again.
Sheer effort was not enough, she now knew she did not have the strength and must apply herself another way. A strategy was needed.. Instead of going up.. Maybe she could go down, get under the current, and escape that way?
But all physical and conscious efforts proved futile… And the certainty settled in her: there was no way she could get out.
Images of the life she was leaving, thoughts of how she would be remembered filled her mind..
Her life would be seen as she left it now. There was nothing to be done.
But then, as she resigned herself to the current she felt a hand reach in and grab her.. And pull her up and out.
A man had been watching the water and seen her head breaking the surface just once. Certain he seen some thing he went into the river to find her…
When her own efforts to free herself had failed.. Another’s strength pulled her from the current..
But without her struggle, she would not have been seen..
So, while all must be done to free oneself..
All shall be done to set you free.