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Topic: Lifeguard (11/09/06)
TITLE: Survival Training 101 – Drown, Float or Faith?
By Aaron Traver
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However, God’s plan for us is so completely opposed to this way of treading and swimming through our busy lives. God’s plan is for us to be quiet and accept his easy burden while we tread on water in the place where we have been plunged into the waves. He warns, “do not do a lot of good things, swimming to and fro.” He invites, “do one GREAT thing- live for Me.” Instead of focusing on our schedules, our gain, and our own survival, God commands us to draw near to Him; to reach out to those drowning in the water beside us and touch their lives; and finally, to point up.
You see up is where a Lifeguard sits atop a majestic chair with a loving desire and absolute power to extend an arm of invitation. He’s been in our water, and he has risen above the waves of this life. He wants us to take hold of Him, rise from the waves, and walk upon the surface of this world, leaving behind the cares of survival for the cares of the Spirit. Yet, the waves crash around us and the water is cold and numbing. And we, so many of the faithful, are prevented from stepping up with the faith demanded to walk.
Where are you today? Are you drowning in the waves? Do you trust his outstretched hand for your daily provision, walking on the surface? Do you trust His hand and His voice? He says, “Come to me.” And yet, we might dare to just float or swim away.
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