But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me (Mt.14:30).

"Grab my hand!" a man shouts into the storm, reaching his hand toward a stranger who happened to share the same misfortune as himself. The ship that had carried them through the ocean waters was now no where to be seen. The waters roared with great force, and the wind blown spray made it difficult for either to see his outstretched hand. The man desperately crawled through the rocking waves, closer and closer to one who could help. And finally drawing close enough, he threw his arm toward his hope and felt the strong grip of a stranger's hand enclose around his wrist. The rescuer then pulled the man toward him, and placed his hand securely on the protruding rock which stood above the beating waves.

There is little doubt that our lives will have storms. In the midst of which, we often feel frightened and alone. But there are many who are tossed--and some who are lost. And though our storms may gnaw at us to claim our attention, there is a stronghold that stands high above the threats of life. Jesus is the Rock of our security.
But now let's look at the third party--the rescuer. He is one who is in the storm too. He is faced with the same threats and should he panic and lose his grip, he too will suffer the terror of the rocking waves. In that event, he will not be there to reach out his hand to draw in a stranger, a friend, or even a family member. Because as soon as he loses his grip, his thoughts turn inward--thinking how to survive. But should he keep in mind that he is now safe because he is on the Rock, then his eyes turn outward to help draw others in.
The rescuer is one who has found confidence outside of himself. And because of that, he can be an instrument of God's hand to help others find the same confidence in Christ.

In life, we are faced with many trials and troubles. Yet, how we face them can be an example to the world of whom we place our confidence in. If we place it in ourselves, then we will be tossed to and fro like the rest. But if we place that confidence in Christ, then we become the lighthouse on the Rock--drawing people to their only true security.

Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good
works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven (Mt.5:14-16)

On this Valentine's day let's remember that we love others when their best interest is at heart--rather than our own skins.

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