My friend Valerie and I have been in a season of treading water, for very different reasons but with the same results. We cannot move forward. Occasionally the feeling of treading water is comfortable, we've both been at it for 2 years. Mostly, it's a feeling of being stuck but knowing the Lord is present in our situations. We are both waiting for the swim forward season to arrive.
I will say if I have to choose, I prefer treading water to a wilderness experience. Done that one too, it was miserable. Most Christians told me it was a wonderful thing; well this Christian did not think so.
If you are stuck, stagnant, flailing, or drowning - Please know the Lord is right there with you. Sometimes these seasons are results of our own actions or inactions, sometimes it's due to a situation with a loved one, but we must remember the Lord knew all of this before the foundation of the world. He knew we needed our Savior. He knows the number of hairs on our head.
Hang on tight, stand firm, call friends and or your pastor for prayer. He is not going to let you go or as I have said before - He will not EVER drop you in the grease.
There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven: a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot, a time to kill and a time to heal, a time to tear down and a time to build, a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance, a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them, a time to embrace and a time to refrain, a time to search and a time to give up, a time to keep and a time to throw away, a time to tear and a time to mend, a time to be silent and a time to speak, a time to love and a time to hate, a time for war and a time for peace.