Man the Buckets!

Read:May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” Romans 15:13 (NIV)

Reflect: When I was a kid, during summer breaks my friend Tony and I could be seen plowing the waters of San Diego Bay in his dad’s “duck boat.” A duck boat is the least sea-worthy flotation device known to man. On top of that, I did not know how to swim. My fear of drowning makes it hard to understand why this 10-year-old boy would do such a thing. Well, thanks to a surplus World War II life-jacket that was rotten and missing a few flotation blocks, but in which I had complete faith, there was no fear in me.

Surely God went with us on every voyage, because Tony and I tested his guardianship on every venture. Pretending to be Vikings engaging in battle on the raging seas, we came close to sinking that little boat 1000 times. The clarion call was “man the buckets.” It became a contest to see if we could save a sinking ship.

Knowing what I know now, that old life-jacket alone would not have saved me had the boat capsized and the current loosened my grip from the boat. It was the wisdom of God and his loving grace, in the form of a surplus World War II life-jacket, that saved me. Through this life experience, God taught this unwitting boy about faith. I learned to believe, persist, and trust in something – even if it was a worn-out life-jacket. Eventually I would understand and relish this wonderful period of my life. It taught me to place my trust in God.

React: This week, don’t do anything or go anywhere without God’s life-jacket.

Pray: For those who are imprisoned by doubt and fear, I ask you father God, to fill them with a childlike trust in you: believing, obeying, and persisting to realize the joy of achieving victory over fear.