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Indoor Swimming Pools

I don’t remember what age I was but sometime in my childhood I had a bad dream. In this dream I was swimming in an indoor swimming pool. I was all happy and wet and splashing and having a jolly good time. Until the bottom fell out. Know what was there? Hell. And not just Hell. But Hell with little men trying to get me. I did not swim in an indoor swimming pool until I met Chris when I was 21. He was a lifeguard at SWT in San Marcos, Texas, and he convinced me to get in the pool with him. I was freaking out. Not sure if they were called panic attacks in 1992 but I’m certain that is what I had. Dear Lord, it was awful. The ONLY reason I did it is because I was smitten with one Chris Beall. Since then, I have gone swimming in a few different indoor pools but only because they had windows that showed the outdoors, which helped trick my mind into thinking that I was in an outdoor swimming pool. And yes, even though I was in them, I still wondered if the bottom would open up and take me in. That’s when I started quotin’ Scripture against the devil…
Greater is He who is in me than he who is in the world…I am convinced that neither death nor life neither angels nor demons neither the present nor the future…for God has not given me a spirit of fear but of power, love and a sound mind…
Take that, devil underneath the indoor swimming pool.

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10 thoughts on “Indoor Swimming Pools”

  1. I’m lovin’ your “issue with alligator water” series!! I have a fear of getting lost while driving…and it’s unfounded and ridiculous…but it’s alive and well! My husband may take one wrong turn and I feel an intense panic begin to rise up from my gut! All he has to do is turn around and get back on the right track…but…I start believing that we will be forever lost in this cul-de-sac of oblivion! I’m striving to trust my husband’s navigtional skills and allowing God to take control of this fear…but it gets harder as I get older! At least I’ve gotten to the place where I can laugh about it with my husband…only when we’re not lost! πŸ™‚

  2. I hate to fly. One recent trip I heard the Spirit say, “Umm, you need to be done with this.” In other words, I needed to be done with that fear. So, oddly enough, I was. BUT, if I’m not careful I can let the spirit of stupid fear really jack me up before a flight. maybe next time I’ll just keep some vodka in my purse! Nah, I’ll take a shot of the Holy Spirit! He’s WAY more fun on a flight! And, as one of my dear friends put it, “Natalie, if the plane goes down, you’ll die.” point taken

  3. I had dreams of satan and little men when I was a kid, too! Although I never saw satan, I just heard him….laughing this slow, mean laugh. I can still recall it. The little men just pushed wheelbarrows of rocks around. Don’t ask; I have no clue.

    DECADES later I saw the movie “Predator” with Arnold Schwarzenegger. At one point, the predator dude lets out this laugh – and I felt the whole world spinning…it was the same satan laugh from my dreams!

    I hate to think of how he gets into my sweet children’s thoughts and dreams. I pray constantly that God will guard their hearts and minds.

  4. I had a dream that someone in a gorilla suit tied me the footboard of a bed in a big room and left me there. SCARY as a little short person. clearly, i never forgot it.

  5. It’s ok to be afraid of the pool….pools are kinda dirty anyways. You’re better off to swim in the ocean. You’ll have to fight through the seaweed sometimes, but that’s a whole heck of a lot better than swimming in kid pee right? πŸ™‚

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