Today’s Scripture: Hebrews 13:5b-6
God has said,
“I will never fail you.
I will never abandon you.”
6 So we can say with confidence,
“The Lord is my helper,
so I will have no fear.
What can mere people do to me?”
Back in Georgia we had a swimming pool in our neighborhood that Evan and I would go to as often as we could.
One day at the pool, we had an interesting experience. Just as Evan waded into the water and I settled into my chair, I saw something move out of the corner of my eye. I looked up to see a chipmunk dive into the pool and start swimming around.
At first I thought it was a squirrel, or a rat. But when I got up to investigate it was definitely a chipmunk. I have to admit I was a little shocked to see this critter starting to do laps in the pool. So I grabbed the pool skimmer and proceeded to scoop him out and deposit him in the bush next to the pool deck.
I walked back to my chair, feeling pretty good about saving the chipmunk’s life. “Bryan Brock, lover of all wildlife” I said to myself. But as I sat back down I saw the chipmunk run and dive into the water once again! What was going on here? Was I dealing with a suicidal chipmunk?
So once more I grabbed the skimmer. Only this time the chipmunk was not happy that I was pulling him to safety. I get it – it had to be pretty freaky to be plucked from the water and flown over the concrete only to land back in the flower bed. But he finally stopped thrashing around and I was able to get him to dry land once more.
I kept a close eye on him until he finally scurried back behind a hedge.
As I thought about what must have been going through that chipmunk’s mind, I started to wonder about how we are sometimes like this little guy. Something happens to us (by our own choices or by the actions of others) and we find ourselves in a place we do not want to be – struggling to keep our head about water. And sometimes even after we are rescued, we keep running back into the water.
But here’s the thing. We have a God who loves us and wants the best for us. We have a God who is always present with us and in relationship with us. We are not alone in our troubles, no matter how many times we jump back into the pool. And that is good news indeed.
God thank you that you never leave or abandon us – no matter what. We praise you for you are our rescuer. Amen