Dare 2B Daring - June 27, 2018
A daily devotional published by Risk Takers for Christ, Inc.
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“No one is useless in this world who lightens the burdens of another.” – Charles Dickens
The other week, I went to Disney World with my sister and her family. It was an amazing trip and I enjoyed our time together. On Wednesday, we decided to go to Blizzard Beach, one of Disney’s huge water parks. We spent a good part of our day at Melt-Away Bay.
It is a large swimming area where people can cool off and relax on inner tubes. A feature of Melt-Away Bay is a simulated wave pool created every ten minutes or so. Taking the effect of an ocean, the waves become higher and more forceful the further out you go.
Brady was my buddy for the day and he loved the waves. Being that he is just four years old, it was up to Uncle Chris to hold Brady tightly as we ventured deeper into the pool. Brady and I loved every minute of it as the waves came over our shoulders and, at times, crashing into our faces.
After about an hour, we were both tired and chose to head back to shore. When we reached the shallow end again, Brady wanted to try swimming on his own. So, I left go of his hand and watched him carefully. Wearing his swimmies, Brady easily stayed afloat. However, he became caught in a small rip current produced by the waves. Despite kicking his feet and moving his arms, Brady remained in the same spot.
Discouraged and slightly afraid, he looked to me for help. With ease, I reached down, took Brady by the hand, and lifted him up. While a simple task for me as a grown man, getting safely out of the pool was a daunting feat for Brady as a small boy.
Like Brady, we will all face challenging circumstances in life. We may even feel unable to overcome them. Still, we have confidence in knowing we are not alone. Psalm 23:4 says, “Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.”
Not only is God with us, but also our brothers and sisters in Christ. Galatians 6:2 states, “Bear one another's burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.” Help others through their struggles and rely on them during your own.
“It is the Lord who goes before you. He will be with you; he will not leave you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.” Deuteronomy 31:8
- Christopher Glading, Program Director