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Topic: Lifeguard (11/09/06)
TITLE: Doing Business in Great Waters
By Vickie Reed
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There are days the waves are calm, the water is clear, the sky is blue, and the breeze is warm. And there are days the bills are paid, the toilet doesn’t overflow, the kids don’t bicker, the boss doesn’t gripe, your husband holds you close. You feel God’s presence. You are floating on your rubber- ducky raft sipping lemonade
And then out of nowhere, you feel the water pulling from out beneath you, the clouds quickly gather, you feel a chill. Your ducky raft is long- gone. Do you dare look behind you? You know it’s there. Do you try to beat it to shore? Do you just take another sip of lemonade and pretend it’s not there? Maybe it will go away. Is it a Wave of Sickness? Wave of Divorce? Wave of an unexpected Layoff? Or the Chilly Wave of Death? Oh, the waters are getting rough; it’s starting to thunder and lightening. Where is God now we wonder, when we really need Him?
We need a Lifeguard when these waves of Life come upon us. The Psalmist speaks of those that “do business in great waters”:
These see the works of the Lord, and his wonders in the deep. For
He commandeth, and raiseth the stormy wind, which lifteth up the waves
thereof. They mount up to the heaven, they go down again to the depths.;
Their soul is melted because of trouble. They reel to and fro and stagger
like a drunken man, and are at their wit’s end. Then they cry unto the Lord in
their trouble, and he bringeth them out of their distresses. He maketh the
storm a calm, so that the waves thereof are still. Then are they glad because
they be quiet; so he bringeth them unto their desired haven. Psalm 107: 23-30
What a great resume for a Lifeguard. One who maketh the storm calm, stills the waves and brings us into our desired havens. I know many times I get in water I know I shouldn’t—even after reading the sign—No swimming—DANGER! I tread right in, way over my head, thinking I’m above the rules, experienced enough in life to handle the swift currents, jellyfish stings and those blood thirsty sharks seeking whom they may devour. But then just like the scripture describes, my heart melts, I reel to and fro finding myself at my wit’s end -then I cry unto the Lord.
The wonderful thing is, my Lifeguard comes to the rescue every time. There is a marvelous Savior, His name is Jesus Christ, watching, protecting, loving us as we sail life’s sea. We must learn to put our trust in Him so that He can calm our storms in this world and bring us safely to our “desired Haven” when we have reached the end of our voyage.
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