By misswanda on January 04, 2014
The last several weeks I have been sitting in on a discipleship class Pastor Rita has been teaching. We were going over the lesson on Baptism. We were talking about being immersed. Rita shared that when it came time to be baptized for Rita and her husband Pastor James she made James go first. Seems Rita has an aversion to the idea of being dunked under water. She is not afraid of water because she rides the jet skies all the time. She shared it was because of the life jacket. She is not afraid when she has her life jacket on. She knows she may go under for a second or two but the life jacket will help her come back up. The jacket will not allow her to stay under the water for a very long time.
Rick, one of the men taking the class picked right up on that. He said how Jesus is like the life jacket. We as Christians may go under. Our storm may be to rough and we may not be able to keep paddling and stay afloat. We “go under”. But Jesus' love for us is like the life jacket. He has his hands holding us tightly so we don't stay under. We will come back up and be able to make it to safety.
That has just stuck with me. Especially now that we are getting ready to start our 21 day fast. Satan is just working overtime. He loves to make us think we can't do this. But he will not win. We are praying a hedge of protection around us while we fast so we will not go under like Satan would like for us to do. He would like for us to believe that we are done and just give up. But I am telling you Jesus is alive today and is working miracles even as we speak. He is there with his arms wide open saying I love you so much. Jesus is the reason we are not all drowning in our storms.
So we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and whoever abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him.
I am thankful for Jesus' love and that he will always keep me afloat!
I am praying for you!