When I’m on a boat or ship, I like seeing the life preserver rings and lifeboats scattered about the ship. Not only are they interesting, but they are comforting. If the boat has trouble, we have a plan. And knowing that we have a plan, I can relax and enjoy my time on the boat.
In life, it’s not always so easy. I look about frantically for the life preserver ring, for the lifeboat that will magically whisk me away from troubles. Being a Christian is not a magic cure for “no more troubles.” In fact, Jesus said once, “In this world you will have trouble.” But then He finished by saying, “But take heart, for I have overcome the world.”(John 16:33) He’s bigger than what I see now; His gaze and reach and scope is so much more. He’s there to rescue me, save me, and keep me from drowning, but these everyday troubles sometimes remain because He knows that it strengthens me and makes me more like Him. He saves me completely and utterly, but the magnitude of that will not be fully seen until I am with Him one day. And I will be utterly amazed at the enormity of His rescue. Blessings, Lisa
“Because he loves me,” says the Lord, “I will rescue him; I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name. He will call upon me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him.” ~Psalm 91:14-15
I could look at this small boat and feel that they are alone and adrift in an unkind sea. But there is another way to look at it; maybe the occupants of this boat are alive, energized, inspired by the beauty of the ocean, the battering of the wind. They are doing, they are alive, they are sailing. Though they are the lone ship for miles, they can forge a path through the waves.
With the passing of Nelson Mandela, I am inspired to remember that one person can make a difference. That each person does make a difference. That all of us affect each other’s lives more than we ever realize. That we’re not a helpless little boat at sea; we’re alive, energized, inspired. And with God watching over us, we’re never alone. Blessings, Lisa