The righteous person may have many troubles, but the LORD delivers him from them all. Psalm 34:19 NIV
Stores and websites offer many different styles of life jackets and floatation devices for dogs. Mallory has never worn one as she is usually in the calm water at the pool surrounded by her family. If she were on a boat or somewhere she would eventually tire from swimming, I would definitely invest in something to keep her afloat in case of unforeseen circumstances.
Unforeseen circumstances is a given in each of our lives. Health issues, financial surprises, career changes and the like creep up on us each day. God has not promised a life free of care but a life with him by your side through thick and thin. John 16:33 states, “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
Mark 4 tells the story of the disciples who were in their boat on the water crossing the sea. Suddenly, a storm blew in and waves were breaking over the boat. Jesus was asleep and the disciples woke him asking, “Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?” Jesus got up and commanded the wind and the waves to quiet and be still and they obeyed.
Jesus is always in the boat with us. We may not think we need him when the wind and waves are calm. We are floating along and enjoying the ride. We think we are handling life. Then a storm blows in and we grab our life-preserver. We furiously pray and remember our savior. The life jacket comes out from under the seat before we sink.
A floatation device keeps us safe in the storms of life. It keeps us afloat when the waters are rough but it is always there in the boat waiting for us. Jesus is as close as the mention of his name. Call out to him in stormy seas. He’s waiting to speak to our turbulent hearts and minds. He is our savior, deliverer and friend.