Water, water everywhere? Flood or drought?


high waterI know we’re not alone in feeling like it has rained enough this spring. Iowa, which has only a handful of decent recreational lakes, currently appears to rival Minnesota’s 10,000 lakes–only most are flooded cornfields, wet lawns, and water-filled ditches, everywhere we look.

Meanwhile, in other places around the country and the world, the biggest concern is drought. We’d gladly share some of this water, if we could.

We sat on a lake dock this weekend, with the algae-covered water only inches below the bottom of the dock. (No, not very appealing, but the day was sunny and the grandkids had a grand time on the water toys). Every time a boat went by, waves splashed up between the slats of the dock, so keeping dry was not possible, even in a folding chair.

Sometimes we tempt danger the same way. We think we can venture inches toward the temptation–whatever it is we know would not be pleasing to God–without getting our feet wet, so to speak. But the waves overtake us and soak us. At first, the sensation seems pleasurable, like being splashed with water on a hot day. But soon we realize we are covered in the algae that’s left behind.

Yet Scripture promises a way out:

Call on Me in a day of trouble; I will rescue you, and you will honor Me.” (Psalm 50:15, HCSB)

We need only to cry out to Jesus when we’re in over our heads. “The Lord knows how to rescue the godly from trials” (2 Peter 2:9, HCSB).

“When he calls out to Me, I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble. I will rescue him and give him honor” (Psalm 91:15, HCSB).
The Bible makes it clear this rescue is possible for anyone who has decided to follow Jesus. Indeed, “He has rescued us from the domain of darkness and transferred us into the kingdom of the Son He loves” (Colossians 1:13, HCSB).
No matter how high the water rises, God is ready to keep us from drowning when we call on His name.