In training to be a lifeguard, there are a few prerequisites. First, you need to know how to swim. Second, you need to be fit. Third, you need to want to rescue someone. The training involves long hours of swimming, treading water, holding your breath, and practicing rescue maneuvers. Even then, you will feel a little nervous when you go after your first victim.
The victim will usually be in the water flailing about for several minutes before the lifeguard reaches her. She will be tired and extremely frightened. When she sees help coming, she will grab and cling desperately to whatever she can reach, even the lifeguard himself. So, the lifeguard will sometimes have to go in the back way, meaning, from the back of the victim. He dives under the water, grabs the legs of the victim, twists and pulls her down under the water. This accomplishes two things: One, the victim gasps a big breath of air out of surprise. Then, once under the water, the victim is disoriented and not sure what to grab onto. This allows the lifeguard to put the victim into a rescue hold with one arm under the victim’s arm and across her chest. Then the lifeguard will support her head and bring her up for more air.
On the top of the water, the lifeguard will tell the victim to be still; stop trying to save herself and let the lifeguard do the work. It is necessary for the victim to relax and not to fight with the lifeguard.
Exodus 14:14 (NIV) says, “The Lord will fight for you. You need only to be still.”
Don’t fight the Lifeguard. He knows what He’s doing. He may have to pull you down to get you to stop trying to save yourself. But He will hold up your head. He will take you to safety. He meets all the requirements. He knows how to swim in the sea of sin and degradation, He is eminently fit to be the Lifeguard, and He wants to rescue people like you. “You need only to be still.”