I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God has been making it grow.
First Corinthians 3:6
Riptides are dangerous water currents that make it nearly impossible to escape. Recently in Panama City, Florida, a family got caught in the powerful waves and could not get out. Other swimmers tried to help, but also became stranded. There was no lifeguard on duty, and soon it became apparent that the situation would turn deadly if no one intervened immediately.
That’s when beachgoers decided to make a human chain. First there were a few volunteers and then dozens joined hands until there were over 80 people, some that couldn’t swim. Two strong swimmers went beyond the chain and passed the victims down the human lifeline to the shore.
One woman, who had been struggling in the water for over 20 minutes, suffered a heart attack. The human chain used every available limb to pass her to safety, bolstering her with arms, wrists and legs. She was transported to the hospital and her life was spared.
Within one hour of the first children being caught in the current, all ten of the stranded swimmers were saved.
One of the rescued said, “It was beachgoers and the grace of God’s will. That’s why we’re here today.”
Many of us are rescued for the same reason. God’s grace intervened to show us our need for salvation through Jesus. In most cases, there was also a human chain that pulled us to safety. Maybe we had Christian family members that taught us the Bible or a friend displayed God’s love.
As someone rescued from God’s judgement, will you help others? Would you share your story of faith? Will you invite them to church or give them a Bible? How can you be a part of the rescue process? Ultimately, God is the great Rescuer, but He will include you in someone’s story if you are willing.
Lord, thank You for rescuing me. I want to clasp hands with other believers to help someone destined to die.