This past Friday, two women in South Haven, Michigan, came close to losing their lives unexpectedly on that town’s south pier at Lake Michigan. As they walked along the pier, a flood of waves rushed in and pushed them off the side into the choppy waters. Fortunately, there were bystanders nearby who rushed onto the pier and tossed them life rings that line the sides of the pier. Those Good Samaritans were able to pull them to safety before they drowned and before EMTs arrived. They suffered only minor injuries.
This news story reminded me of how the Lord has made himself available to swoop in and rescue us when we need it. That flood of waves that threatened the women’s lives is like the flood of sin in our lives that threatened to push us towards hell until the Lord came along to toss his life ring of the gospel of Jesus Christ in our direction. All we had to do was reach out by faith in repentance to grab hold of his life ring so he could pull us to safety.
Once we receive his salvation, the threats to our lives aren’t necessarily over. Sometimes when we’re walking along the piers of life openly expressing the beauty of God’s blessings we see around us, the enemy can come in unexpectedly like a flood to knock us into a threatening situation (Isaiah 59:19). But thanks be to God he has life rings lining our path in life that are easily accessible so he can raise them up like a standard against the enemy, tossing them to us through his ministering angels or fellow believers or other means and delivering us out of the path of danger.
Then there are the times he places a life ring around us and pulls us to safety before the enemy’s flood of persecution even touches us. All of these situations are why it’s worth it to let his praise continually be in our mouths (Psalm 34:1).
I will call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised: so shall I be saved from mine enemies.
The sorrows of death compassed me, and the floods of ungodly men made me afraid…
He sent from above, he took me, he drew me out of many waters.
He delivered me from my strong enemy, and from them which hated me: for they were too strong for me. Psalm 18:3-4, 16-17