February Sermon Series
“Love Rescue Me”
I remember when I was a little girl – I think I was 7 years old. I was at the beach on Lake Erie with my family on a hot summer day. I didn’t know how to swim yet, so I would wade in the water with my mom watching my brothers and I.
My oldest brother wandered to the side of the lake where the water from the lake had created this separate pool of water. There were several kids swimming in this area, and I asked my mother if I could swim there with them. The swimming hole appeared to be shallow, so she said yes.
I reached the edge of the swimming hole and took a couple of steps in, only to quickly realize that this hole of water was NOT shallow, because I immediately sank to the bottom which was well over my head. I began thrashing myself up and yelling “help!” But no one was helping me. I was surrounded by other kids, but no one realized I was drowning.
After several attempts of jumping up and yelling “help”, my grandmother looked over my way and remarked “Oh, look at Denise – she’s having so much fun…” My father looked over and said “She’s not having fun – she’s drowning!!”
I remember very clearly sinking back down to the bottom of this pool thinking “well, this is probably it”. Just as clearly I remember the next moment two hands thrusting into the water, and I knew they were my Dad’s because I recognized his watch. A large crowd gathered around as I was catching my breath. The mayor of the town I grew up in came running over with a cup of water for me. He was up for re-election and got credited in the newspapers for “rescuing me”. My father was a humble man, and he would always just smile whenever we teased him about this fact years later.
Could you use some rescuing in your life right now? Do you ever feel like you are on a life boat just floating out to sea? Do you feel like in your heart and spirit you’ve lost your way?
Over the next few weeks I want us to take a look at the ways that God can make His home in our lives – and help us be at home with Him – no matter where we are or what the circumstances.
Week 1: (2/2)
Message: Rescue Me with your Faithfulness
Week 2: (2/9)
Message: Rescue Me with your Compassion
Week 3: (2/16)
Message: Rescue Me with your Comfort
Week 4: (2/23)
Message: Rescue Me with your Hope