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Topic: Lifeguard (11/09/06)
TITLE: Jesus the ultimate lifeguard (i)
By Marsha Mundy
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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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