In the 1950’s there were a lot of things done that you wouldn’t see in today’s time. At Harvard University Dr. Curt Richter performed a study in which he placed lab rats in a beaker of water deep enough that the rat had to tread water to avoid drowning. He timed the rat and he could swim for about 15-minutes before exhaustion, giving up, and sinking.
The attendant would rescue the rat dry him off and let him rest for a few minutes and place him back in the water for another session. How long do you think the rat treaded water this time? Another 15-minutes, less time, or more time?
The second round the rat stayed afloat for 60-hours before he gave up and sank. The rat had HOPE, he had hope of the lab attendant saving him so he kept going hanging on to that hope.
“Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope (Romans 5:3-4).”
If you are going through some difficult and trying times hold on to HOPE, hope in Jesus Christ for He will reach in and pluck you from the water if you trust in Him. Life with Jesus is eternal, and He told us that there would be tribulations on this earth, but He offers rest for the weary and hope. Hold on to that hope and keep swimming!
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit (Romans 15:13).
For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future (Jeremiah 29:11).