“MAN OVERBOARD!”

“FOR HE HAS RESCUED US FROM THE DOMINION OF DARKNESS AND BROUGHT US INTO THE KINGDOM OF THE SON HE LOVES.” COLOSSIANS 1:13 NIV

A STORY IS TOLD OF A MAN ON HIS FIRST OCEAN CRUISE. NEAR THE FRONT OF THE SHIP, HE WAS LEANING OVER THE RAILING FOR A CLOSER VIEW OF THE SEA BELOW. HE SLIPPED AND FELL OVERBOARD. DOZENS OF PEOPLE WATCHED IN HORROR AS SOMEONE SCREAMED “MAN OVERBOARD”. THE CROWD INSTANTLY STARTED ARGUING ABOUT HOW TO HELP HIM AS HE STRUGGLED TO STAY AFLOAT IN THE DEEP OCEAN. ONE SUGGESTED THE SHIP COULD NOT STOP, SO FOOD SHOULD BE THROWN TO THE MAN SO HE WOULD NOT STARVE UNTIL ANOTHER SHIP COULD PICK HIM UP. ANOTHER SUGGESTED THE MAN OVERBOARD NEEDED A LIFE RING SO HE COULD STAY AFLOAT. FINALLY, ANOTHER PASSENGER TIED A ROPE TO A LIFE RING AND THREW IT TO THE NEARLY DROWNED MAN. AT THE LAST MINUTE, THE MAN OVERBOARD WAS ABLE TO GRAB THE RING WHILE THE PASSENGERS FINALLY WORKED TOGETHER TO PULL HIM FROM THE GRIPS OF DEATH.

OUR DAILY LIVES ARE MUCH LIKE THIS STORY. ON OCCASION, WE ARE LIKE THIS MAN OVERBOARD. SOME DAYS WE FALL OVERBOARD. STRUGGLING WITH DEBT, AN ILLNESS, A FAILING MARRIAGE OR A WAYWARD CHILD, WE SEEMINGLY CAN’T STAY AFLOAT. MANY OF OUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS OFFER KIND WORDS, PHYSICAL HELP AND THEIR OWN UNIQUE IDEAS AND SUGGESTIONS. WE NEED TO BE CAREFUL WHO WE LISTEN TO FOR ADVICE. THE ONE WE SHOULD TRUST FOR HELP IS THE ONE WHO IS CLEARLY BEING LED BY GOD AND IS LEADING US TO GOD. YES, PHYSICAL HELP IS GREAT AND WORDS DO ENCOURAGE, BUT THE GUIDANCE TO FIND AND TO DEPEND UPON THE STRENGTH OF OUR SAVIOUR IS THE BEST RESCUE OF ALL.

HAVE YOU FALLEN OVERBOARD? IS YOUR LIFE A SHAMBLE OF PROBLEMS? IS THERE A PROBLEM THAT IS SO HUGE YOU FEEL LIKE YOU WILL DROWN? GRAB THE LIFE RING AND ROPE THAT JESUS IS THROWING TO YOU. JESUS IS YOUR RESCUER. HOLD ONTO THE LIFE RING OF JESUS AND YOU WILL BE SAFE, EVEN IN THE MOST TURBULENT WATERS. IN THIS FALLEN WORLD, HE IS YOUR HOPE…YOUR ONLY HOPE.

IF YOU ARE NOT IN NEED OF BEING RESCUED TODAY, BE ATTENTIVE TO THOSE IN NEED OF HELP. YOU CAN BE A HUMAN RESCUER SENT BY CHRIST.

TO FIND A RESCUER, LOOK FOR GOD’S WORD IN HIS HAND AND HIS HEART. TO BE A RESCUER, HAVE GOD’S WORD IN YOUR HAND AND YOUR HEART.

TODAY’S PRAYER: “MY LORD. THANK YOU FOR SENDING ALL THOSE WHO OFFER HELP AND ASSISTANCE. THANK YOU FOR KEEPING ME IN YOUR SIGHT AND ALWAYS KNOWING WHERE I AM AND WHAT I NEED. HELP ME FROM FALLING OVERBOARD TODAY. AMEN.”