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Drowning

     I could see him.  He wasn't that far from me.  He was frantic.  His face gripped with fear.  He was pleading for help.  I could hear him saying 'Please! Please!  Help me!  Can somebody please save me?'
     I couldn't.  I wasn't able to move.  I did not have the ability to save him!  He was chin deep in water.  His water of hope was filled with financial & job security.  It was filled with his health, his hobbies and his treasures.  It was also full of his sports teams and his political affiliation.  I saw ideologies and philosophies and prejudices swimming all around him.  The water was turbulent!  Waves of despair were crashing down onto him from all directions.  He was drowning right before my eyes.
     I cried out to him, 'Look, over there, swim there, swim there, you can make it.  There you will be safe!'  But then he was gone!  The undertow of life's cares and concerns along with the current of serving self got a hold of him and pulled him under.
     But then it happened.  Over in the distance...where I begged him to swim, I saw him emerge from the water.  He wasn't frantic any more.  He made it.  He took the plunge and went under and trusted in what he was promised.  He found what was promised him he was full of joy!  But what was even more amazing was the peace that he had.  The waters were still turbulent.  Waves were still crashing on him.  The waters were still full of every care and concern, but he wasn't afraid any more.  He had real hope.
 
Isn't it amazing what a rock can do?
 
Isn't it amazing what Jesus can do?
 
"The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold" Psalm 18:2, NIV 2011
 
"He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand." Psalm 40:2, NIV 2011
 
"For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ." 1 Corinthians 3:11, NIV 2011
 
"Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock.  The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock.", Matthew 7:24-25, NIV 2011


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