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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Lifeguard (11/09/06)

TITLE: Jesus the ultimate lifeguard (i)
By Marsha Mundy
11/11/06


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A day at the beach with the sun shining brightly and the sound of the waves hitting the shoreline are the images that first come to mind when I think about a lifeguard. But when I reflect a little more I see Jesus. He is the ultimate lifeguard the one who rescues the perishing and saves those who are drowning in the sea of life.

John Wesley had a term for this phenomenon - it is called prevenient grace. That is the type of grace in which we see God watching over us long before we know he is there. He is like the lifeguard sitting in the chair watching the swimmers as they frolic in the ocean. Most of them aren't even aware of anyone watching them. They are just so wrapped up in what they are doing that they don't see him.

It isn't until we find ourselves in a predicament, a life threatening situation or when fears overwhelm us that we cry out to God - hoping that he will hear us and that he will save us, heal us, calm our fears. He has been watching us and was already climbing down from his seat before we called him. He knew that we were in trouble before we knew it. He saw our predicament and was ready to jump in to save us before we cried out. He has been doing his job as lifeguard and we didn't even know it.

I am reminded of a song as I write this article. "His eye is on the sparrow, and I know he watches me." What a comfort to know that the one who created the entire universe and everything in it cares for each person he created and is guarding our lives so that we can fulfill the purpose for which he created us.

Thank you Father God for your tender care and your incredible mercy and grace. I want to thank you for guarding my life.


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Allison Egley 11/17/06
This was a great reminder about how God knows we're in trouble before we do, and is already on His way to save us.

The last two paragraphs in 1st person caught me a bit off guard, but I think they worked. Maybe starting out in 1st person, like the narrator is telling us a story, would help.

Over all though, a lovely image of God coming to rescue us before we know we need it.