ARM OF PROTECTION
Read Deuteronomy 31: 6-8
The LORD your God . . . goes with you;
he will not fail you or forsake you.
My grandson, Keagan, thrashed his arms and legs in the
pool as he tried to swim. But he made little headway, even
with my arm keeping him
from sinking. The lifeguard
watched my attempt to
teach Keagan to swim and
made a helpful suggestion,
“Get him to swim with his
face in the water, only lifting
it to catch his breath. With the head up, the hips sink, making it
harder to swim.”
Keagan definitely didn’t want to put his face in the water.
But he was finally brave enough to try it. Only then did he
begin to swim. Within days he could swim the width of the
pool with me walking beside him. When his face was in the
water, I gently touched his tummy with just one finger, not to
support him but to assure him I was still there.
Later, I savored that grandma–grandson experience and
realized it’s what Jesus does for me. He walks beside me —
protecting me from sinking, expecting me to do my part, but
never leaving me.
Many times in life I’ve been required to plunge my face into
the waters of new, unknown, scary challenges. I rarely want to;
the familiar is much more comfortable. But when we act with
faithful obedience, we can rest assured that Jesus is with us.
Prayer: Thank you, Jesus, for never leaving us or forsaking us.
Donna Scales (Oregon)
Prayer Focus: GRANDPARENTS
Thought for the Day
Jesus goes with me
into the unknown.