While travelling over the weekend I saw all the people hauling boats to the lakes and thought about the lakes, then, rivers and creeks. Well, the way I do, my mind wanders on various related things, as I my thoughts shifted to creeks, I remembered a time when I was around 10. We were visiting family in Oregon and my dad took my brother and I to a creek near their home. Now, the creeks out there tend to be bigger than those around here. AND, they are COLD! Well, we were wading and such and ended up on the opposite side of the creek, busy looking for crawdads or something then my dad had gotten changed from trunks into his clothing and hollered for us to come on it was time to go. I could have waded straight across one shallow area, then walked down the creek bank, but I decided to go diagonal from where I was and the water went from not quite knee deep to chest deep to way deep and I started to swim. It wasn’t that far and I can’t remember if I got scared, tired, maybe a cramp but for whatever reason I couldn’t go further. I couldn’t stand up there and even though there were others floating on inner tubes, I guess they thought I was just playing because no one would help, but the next thing I knew someone had grabbed me and was pulling me to the bank. It was my dad, soaking wet clothes and all. He fussed at me, complained he had gotten everything wet, but I could tell he was scared for me. I look back, and in other instances, I was drowning other ways, financial problems, issues with work, not sure what to do, feeling overwhelmed and needing some input and he was always there, dragging me to safety. That’s how it is with Dad’s.
Then, I got to thinking how there were times I was drowning in other ways, spiritual ways, physically in danger and my Heavenly Father never failed me. More than once I was drowning and like as a child, those times were all due to my own choices or reactions to circumstances. More times than I can remember I have been in physical danger and have had His protection and I thankful that He had a ring of protection around me. I am so much more thankful that when I was spiritually drowning, lost and far from the way I should have taken that He had pity and mercy on me. That when I was drowning in whatever issues I was facing at the time, overwhelmed and felling helpless and hopeless, that He was there, just waiting to hear me call out to Him. He let me drown, pulled me out, washed me with the Blood of Jesus and resuscitated me spiritually. I the process He let the old me die and gave me a new life so that I could become what Christ would have me be, teaching me all He wishes me to know.
And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins. Matthew 1:21
29 And he said, Come. And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus.
30 But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me.
31 And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt?
25 He that loveth his life shall lose it; and he that hateth his life in this world shall keep it unto life eternal.
26 If any man serve me, let him follow me; and where I am, there shall also my servant be: if any man serve me, him will my Father honour.
27 Now is my soul troubled; and what shall I say? Father, save me from this hour: but for this cause came I unto this hour.
28 Father, glorify thy name. Then came there a voice from heaven, saying, I have both glorified it, and will glorify it again.
I was drowning, literally that one day in the creek and my father saved me. Then, at a time when I was spiritually drowning, my soul was troubled, I was lost, and at a time I was sinking even further I cried out to my Heavenly Father and Jesus saved me. I confessed my sins, confessed in my belief of Christ as the Son of God who died for my sins and was risen to defeat death and redeem my sins. Life is so much better with Christ in my life. I praise and glorify God and the mercy He had on me.
Dear Lord, I praise Your Name and thank You for reaching down to save me when I called out to save me from where I was and working to make me who You wish for me to become. I know that the work is no where near done, but through Your Son Christ I am getting closer daily to who I should be for Jesus. I pray You continue Your work in me and help me reach others through this blog and in my daily life. I ask You work in the hearts and minds of loved ones, bringing those who know You closer and those that do not that You draw to You so they can have salvation. I pray in Jesus name that You continue to help me get closer to the heart and Mind of Christ that I can be to others an example of Your love and mercy.
Many thanks to all for stopping by and reading. I hope there is some blessing in here for someone besides me.