A story is told of a man taking a trip on an old wooden sailing ship. He
was out on 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
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 drowned 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? It is possible that 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!
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