Previous Challenge Entry (Level 4 – Masters)
Topic: Lifeguard (11/09/06)
TITLE: A Rescue Just in Time
By Venice Kichura
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Gazed at the ocean blue,
Watched seagulls spread their graceful wings--
As to the sky they flew.
A yellow flag flapped on the pier,
It whipped against the wind.
It cautioned, Heed the dangers here---
This warning, please attend.
He heard a tender inner voice,
Be wary of the tide;
Be sure that you can swim to shore---
The waves are deep and wide.
Another voice chimed, What’s to fear?
The waves are safe and sound--
You’ve earned your Boy Scout swimming badge,
You surely will not drown.
No sweat, Luke mused, Why should I fear?
Through yellow lights I drive
And sometimes they are shades of orange
Yet I arrive alive.
He waxed his surfboard for the ride
But thought, Perhaps I’ll wade---
At first I’ll test the waters out
And then won’t be afraid.
No thrill in wading, let me surf.
He scanned a distant wave.
Then on his shiny board he leapt--
Adventure he did crave.
Then as he ventured further out
In waters o’er his head
He felt a buzz and sudden rush
That shoved him straight ahead.
It started with some little sips
Of beer and stolen wine.
But then it wasn’t long before
He couldn’t walk a line.
A cop stopped him one stormy night
And drove him off to jail.
He’d run his car into a ditch;
A breath test he did fail.
When he got out he vowed he’d stop
And not go o’er his head.
But soon he dove in higher waves--
Sunk deeper down instead.
The ecstasy of sex and drugs
Lured Luke still further out
Into the depths of greater wiles;
He felt alone, without.
Soon scores of deeds unspeakable
Allured him further down.
Before he knew it he had sunk.
He thought, I’ll surely drown.
The waves of pleasure and delight
Had called, Just jump right in.
He had not known what looked so good
Could drown his soul in sin.
He shouted, “Someone rescue me,
A life preserver throw.”
But not one lifeguard could be found--
Strong winds began to blow.
Then from above He heard a voice
Call, “Son, just take my hand.
I’m here to save and rescue you
And lead you to dry land.”
Unto the Savior’s hand he clung
And safely swam ashore.
A lifeguard who came just in time,
Christ did his life restore.
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