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Do You Have a Life Raft?

February 12, 2021

Faith Filled Friday, 2/12/2021 by Connie Terpack

The other morning when I went to get a cup of coffee I discovered I had left the soapy dish water in the sink from the previous night. I remembered that I had found one bowl I had missed and tossed it in planning to let it soak a bit. I promptly forgot about it. I could see the bowl under the water. I washed it and a knife that was in the sink also, then I pulled the plug.

After I made my cup of coffee I looked in the sink to see what else might have been missed. I was rather surprised to see a small mouse hugging a spoon. I guess he thought the spoon was a life raft! Needless to say, the bowl and knife I had already washed went into the other sink for a thorough soak and hot wash!

My son Vaughn was kind enough to take care of the mouse disposal. I figured there was a Bible lesson in there somewhere.

Do I talk about the poor mouse and his attempt to keep the spoon from going down the drain or was he using the spoon as a life raft? I am sure his legs being wrapped around the spoon was coincidental to the rush of water as it was draining. We all know that a spoon would not work as a life raft.

My big question is what kind of life raft do we use? We have trials and problems everyday, some little, some big. Many times we need help or advice from someone older or more knowledgeable. When I was younger I went to my mother or older sister, sometimes my dad or my older brother. On the job, you go to a fellow coworker, your supervisor or boss. When I was the team leader I had a shift supervisor to go to.

My husband and I have been married over 50 years, so I lean on him a lot. Do not worry. He leans on me quite a bit also! Isn’t that what marriage is all about?

Who do you rely on when you are alone, frightened, or worried? What if it’s the middle of the night?

Jesus is my life raft. He is with me 24/7. I depend on him to help me with a lot of things, big and small. I ask him to protect my family and friends, and to keep us all safe. When I am driving I ask him to keep me and other drivers on the road safe. When I go to bed I pray that he will let me and my family sleep well and wake up in the morning. Sometimes I think I bother him too often and put off asking for his help, only to wish I had talked to him sooner.

Jesus is the best life raft you could ever have.

Here are some Bible verses:

Psalm 46:1 God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.

Psalm 121:2 My help cometh from the Lord, which made heaven and earth.

Ephesian 6:10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.

1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

James 4:10 Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord and he shall lift you up.

Hebrews 4:16 Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.

2 Timothy 1:7 For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.

You might want to look up these verses as well: Deuteronomy 32:4; 2 Samuel 22:1-20; Proverbs 4:5; Psalm 33:20; 34:4; 40:17; 70:5; 89:26; 95:1; 103:6; 120:1; Acts 26:22; 1 Corinthian 10:4 & 13.

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