#lifeguard (06.11.17)

This week’s WD (Weekly Devotional) is taken from John 6:16-21 NLT

“That evening Jesus’ disciples went down to the shore to wait for him. But as darkness fell and Jesus still hadn’t come back, they got into the boat and headed across the lake toward Capernaum. Soon a gale swept down upon them, and the sea grew very rough. They had rowed three or four miles when suddenly they saw Jesus walking on the water toward the boat. They were terrified, but he called out to them, ‘Don’t be afraid. I am here!’ Then they were eager to let him in the boat, and immediately they arrived at their destination!”

I pray that as we in our own way pursue God, we will immediately arrive at our various destinations.

This week’s WD helps us to see Jesus as our Life Guard.

About 6 years ago, just like the disciples I was surrounded by a lot of water.

Just like the disciples I was planning on waiting for Jesus, but in my haste I went on without Him and surprise surprise I found myself in a big storm and there was water everywhere. For me the water around me was shame, hurt and pain. I felt like I couldn’t turn to anyone, not family nor friends and I felt alone.

The enemy is quite cleaver in making you think your problems are so unique and incredibly different and complex and that you’re beyond help. But you’re not!!! No problem is new under the sun!

As I moved away from believing what others said about me, as I moved away from negativity and started forgiving myself, just as He had done with the disciples, Jesus literally came and walked on all my water. He walked on all of my shame and my hurt, His feet replacing all of the stigma and shame with hope and love. I stood up.

He is the one who is qualified to save us from deep waters. He doesn’t just swim across to save us but He walks on the water calming the waves.

Are you in a storm? Is there water around you and you’re finding things difficult? Whether its just a small pool of water or a major storm. Whether a big problem or a small problem, ask Jesus for help and He will come. He is programmed to come.

For those who have taken a child swimming before it’s an amazing, yet scary time. You’re usually excited because of the child’s excitement, but if they’re young it’s also the time when you have to focus and put all your attention on them. Even though you know that there is a lifeguard in the pool whom you assume has been trained, as a carer you also take on that life guard responsibility to look over the child.

The moment you see them struggling, or if they’ve gone too far, you immediately spring into lifeguard action mode.

That’s exactly what Jesus does for us and what he did for the disciples.

I once heard that when life guards notices a person drowning they wait a bit before jumping in to save them because they realise at that point the person drowning is very anxious and if the life guard was to jump in at that point, because they have a lot of energy it may result in both the lifeguard and the person drowning. So they usually wait a few moments so that the person exhausts some energy, and at that point the lifeguard can do their job.

This can be synonymous to our walk with God. We try different things and then expect God to show up as one of our options. We need to make God the only option. God is waiting for you to stop….then He can jump in.

2 people cannot drive the same car at the same time.

2 Peter 3:9 reminds us that God is never late and is not a slow God.

I don’t know what the water is for you, maybe it’s pain, no job, guilt, loneliness, what you feel like is an unanswered prayer. Whatever it is, Jesus is your lifeguard and He will walk on your water.

Call out for help and the #lifeguard will come

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