Head Above Water


And He put all things under His feet and gave Him as head over all things to the church, which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all. Ephesians 1:22-23


I am envious of people who are able to get into a pool or ocean and can float without much effort. I do not know if this is the correct way to describe myself, but I apparently have a dense body type. Floating has never been in my toolbox, a reality I discovered due to a near death experience in the ocean. The beach I was at in Charleston had some strong rip currents; currents I ignored because I wanted to be with my friends who were deep in the waves and water. Things didn’t go well.

I couldn’t float and became extremely tired trying to keep my head above water. I spent 10 minutes attempting to wade in the water, but I kept having to go under the water to rest. I finally asked a friend to pull me to where I could stand, and that was the last time I went deeper than my stomach in the ocean. It was a frightening moment. I was literally in over my head.

Now, let’s take this example to everyday life. Have you ever felt as though you were in over your head? I have to push back against this feeling every single day. Managing finances, maintaining relationships, working, dreaming of the future, and everything else (do we really need to go to Target twice a week every week?) competes to keep my head under water. 

So, what in the world do we do when everything is over our heads? What do we do in those moments we are drowning in the ocean of life? For me, I have learned to look up. I do not look up to the things trying to drown me, I look past them to the One who is above all.

“When life is over my head, it is still under Jesus’ feet” is a reminder I keep telling myself.

Everything is under Jesus’ feet, and therefore underneath His authority and sovereignty. Jesus knows every aspect and detail of humanity at every moment. Jesus knows everything going on at all times, and yet, He intimately meets all of us right where we are to be with us. 

Our hope lies in the beautiful mixture of sovereignty and intimacy found in Jesus. We can hope for the future knowing that nothing can happen unless it first goes through the sovereignty of Jesus. And when those things do happen, we can cling to the hope that He will be with us. 

It is a difficult truth to cling to because we do not always see His sovereignty and we do not always feel intimacy with Him, but Jesus’ promises give us hope regardless of our circumstances. Sovereignty and intimacy are in Jesus’ character, and this will never change because Jesus is the same always and forever (Hebrews 13:8). Our Savior is our greatest hope, and we should live with the confidence that He is, in fact, the head of all things.


  • What do you put your hope in when life feels as though you are drowning? Have you found relief in these things?

  • What prevents you from looking to Jesus when life gets to be too much? Practice putting your hope in His sovereignty by allowing Him to work in those tough moments of life.


Father, thank you for being the head of all things. I am grateful that I can be a child of someone who is sovereign and also so intimately involved in my life. Help me to look to You when things are over my head, because they are still under Your feet. Help me to show others who You are. I love You Father and pray all of this in Your holy name, Amen.

PC3 writer Davy Nance wrote today’s devotional.

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