I once heard a story by Gene Appel.
A family was out vacationing at the lake one summer. Dad had been puttering out by the boat house.
Two of his sons, a 12-year old and a 3-year old were down playing along the dock. The 12 year old was supposed to be watching his little brother, but he got distracted.
The 3 year old, little Billy, thought that would be a good time to check out the shiny aluminum fishing boat tied up at the end of the dock.
So he went to the dock and put one foot on the boat, and one foot on the dock. He lost his balance and fell into the water, which was about 5 or 6 ft deep.
The splash alerted the 12-yr old who let out a piercing scream. Dad came running from the boat house, jumped into the water, swam down, but unable to see anything, came up for air.
Sick with panic, he went right back down into this murky water, and began to feel everywhere around the bottom. He couldn't feel anything.
Finally, on his way up, he felt little Billy's arms locked in a death grip on one of the posts of the dock, about 4 ft under water.
Prying the boy's fingers loose, they burst up together thru the surface to fill their lungs with life giving air.
Finally when the adrenaline had stopped surging, and nerves had calmed down a little bit, the Father asked his son, "What on earth were you doing down there hanging onto the post so far under the water?"
And little Billy's answer was a classic, laced with the wisdom only a toddler could give. He said, "I was just waiting for you dad. Just waiting for you."
My friend, 2000 yrs ago, the God of the universe left the glory and the splendor of heaven, a place where there was no pain and no sickness, no accidents, no hurt, and no death.
And he plunged into this dark, murky world on a rescue mission, a rescue mission for...
...All of us who are drowning.
...All of us who are barely hanging on.
...All of us who are lost in the darkness.
Don't let the busyness of this world overwhelm you that you've forgotten how much God loves you.
Take scripture memorization and meditation seriously.
This is one way to remind yourself daily that He gave His Son to rescue you.
So get in a habit of memorizing and meditating scriptures and never again forget God's most critical rescue mission.
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