Recently I was reminded of an incident in my life that I had completely forgotten. The fact that I had forgotten about it is not so unusual, because I’ve forgotten more than I remember. J
In the spring of 1971, I had completed two years of college education at Iowa Central Community College. In celebration of that occasion, my family gathered for a picnic at Kennedy Lake. While enjoying all the good food and company, suddenly out from the water we hear this chilling cry, “Help me! Help me! I can’t swim.”
With reckless abandon and leaving my apple pie unattended, I raced down the hill to the water’s edge. “Help me! Help me!” Into the water I plunged, thinking to myself, “I’m not that good of a swimmer.” When I got to the drowning person, I more or less ungracefully pushed her back to where she could finally stand. Praise God we both made it back to safety!
The rest of the day of family celebration went off well, except I had not brought another pair of pants, or shoes. I hate wet pants and the only one thing worse than that is wet, squishy shoes. L
So as I think about this event in my life I wonder, “Should I have risked my life for someone I didn’t even know?” But then I think of Jesus Who rescued me from a sea of sin. For you see, He gave His life that I might live!
If you are drowning in life and are calling out, “Help me! Help me!” I’m throwing out a life jacket for you. His name is Jesus!!
Blessings this day,
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Allan Redenius is the Pastor of First Covenant Church in Fort Dodge, Iowa. This blog reflects his love for Our Lord Jesus Christ, his whimsical sense of humor and his approach to life.