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Undertow Over-watch

By Clint Kreitner                                                                             
 
When Steve was about ten years old, I took him with me to a business meeting in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, at a beautiful Pacific seacoast resort. One day, we decided to go to the beach for a swim. A swim platform about 100 yards off the beach caught our attention, so we decided to swim out to it. We spent a couple hours diving and swimming around the platform, having a good time as father and son.

After a time, we noticed the sky had darkened and the waves were getting rougher, so we decided to head back to the beach.

As we got close to the beach, we experienced a strong undertow. So I held Steve tight as we made several unsuccessful tries at getting to the beach, each time being pulled down and back out away from the beach. At that point, I realized just how serious a situation we were in to say nothing about how much sand had made its way inside our swim trunks, making us heavier.

But then, a huge wave came in behind us and pushed us up and over the undertow onto the sand. We were exhausted but incredibly relieved that we had made it safely past the powerful forces of the water.

This experience is one of many that have led me to the conclusion that the Lord is constantly looking for ways to help His people.

“For the eyes of the Lord search back and forth across the whole earth, looking for people whose hearts are perfect toward him, so that he can show his great power in helping them.”
—2 Chronicles 16:9.

All I need to do is stay close to Him. He takes care of the rest. That’s the source of the amazing personal peace available nowhere else.