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STOP Struggling

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

A story is told of a man taking a trip on an old wooden sailing ship. He was out of the deck one day and saw one of the crew-members climbing the ropes, going up to the crow's nest. When he was about half way up, the ship pitched to one side and he was thrown overboard.

When he hit the water, he began to scream for help, and flail his arms wildly, as he struggled to survive. The traveler watched as a sailor walked over to the rail of the ship, and calmly observed the man in the water. After a short while the man in the water tired, and began to sink.

Immediately the sailor standing by the rail jumped overboard, and rescued the drowning victim. After both men were safely on board, the traveler went over to the rescuer and asked, "why did you wait so long to jump in the water and rescue this man?"

He calmly replied, "I have found that as long as a man is struggling in the water, there is a greater chance that he will get us both killed if I jump in too quickly, and try to save him." I have learned that it is better to let them struggle awhile, and when they come to the end of their own strength, I can then jump in and rescue them.

My friend, are you like the drowning man in the story?

Have you fallen from your place of comfort and safety,
and you are now struggling just to survive?

Have you cried out to God
to come and rescue you immediately?

Is it possible the Lord is waiting
until you have come to the end of yourself,
and stop struggling
in a vain attempt to save yourself,
through any means.

When you finally admit you can't save yourself,
God will jump into the water
and save you!


*Shared at firstIMPRESSIONS

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