I live in Florida, and there is not always a lifeguard on duty. We’ve been instructed to not enter the water alone, but to always have a buddy.
I read up tonight on swimming safety, and I learned that drowning is a quiet event. Swimmers in distress are not flailing around or making noise — they are quietly struggling. Often a change in current will catch them unaware, and rather than swimming parallel to the shore, they unsuccessfully try to swim to dry land and grow tired.
Lifeguards are trained to spot struggling swimmers. Lifeguards recognize a change in water current.
I don’t know about you, but as I wade alone and face the tides of life, I am often caught unaware by the undertow of temptation and turmoil. I am thankful that I have a community of friends who are coming alongside me and matching my strokes of faith. We aren’t meant to face the torrent alone.
As I suit up each day and plunge into the waters, I am never alone.
My Lifeguard is always on duty. If the waves start crashing in, there is not a doubt that He is coming to my rescue.
The Lord says, “I will rescue those who love Me.
I will protect those who trust in My name.
When they call on me, I will answer;
I will be with them in trouble.
I will rescue and honor them.
Psalms 94:14-15, NLT