The Life Jacket

September 10, 2014 by


Several years ago when we were camping at our favorite campground, we hiked up to our cherished spot in the rocks overlooking the beautiful Lake Ellen. There is a great rock that we like to jump off and into the water. The first time I do it each summer, I admit it is a bit intimidating. After the first time, however, it does get easier as you learn to trust the safety of the water below.

My husband went first and then called to our sons so that they could jump off of the rock, into the water, and into his arms. We were trying to encourage our younger son to jump in without his life jacket. He could swim. His daddy was right there to catch him in his big, strong arms, but that little boy knew that the water below was deep. We tried to convince him that he didn’t need his life jacket, but he clung to the safety and assurance that it brought to him. It made me think about the things that we cling to rather than jumping confidently into the arms of our Heavenly Father.

One of the many reasons I love the Word of God is because of the vast promises it holds for us concerning His care and good will for our lives. First, let us consider the word promise as in 2 Peter 1:4 by which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises”.

We know we can count on these promises because Titus 1:2 tells us that God cannot lie. Hebrews 13:8 reminds us that Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever. Therefore, let us not cling to the promises of man, but to the promises of God. So what does God promise us?  Let’s take a look at His Holy Word:

For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. ~Jeremiah 29:11 (NLT)

And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus ~Philippians 4:19

But whoever listens to me will dwell safely and will be secure, without fear of evil. ~Proverbs 1:33

I will both lie down in peace, and sleep; For You alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety. ~Psalm 4:8

 For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”                         ~Hebrews 13:5

Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.                ~John 14:27

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding;  In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths. ~Proverbs 3:5-6

This is, of course, just a small sampling of the promises His Word holds for us. We all know them, but do we believe them? James 2:19 tells us that even the devil believes and trembles. Do we really trust in, rely on, and cling to these words, these promises?

What are you clinging to with both hands that keeps you from reaching out and jumping faithfully into the capable arms of your loving Heavenly Father?

Dear Heavenly Father, I pray that, by Your strength, we would not put our trust into anything this world offers us. Help us to put our faith into action by trusting in You and Your Word alone. Help us not to trust in modern day horses and chariots, but like the psalmist says, to trust in the name of the Lord our God (Psalm 20:7). We pray, Lord, that You alone would be our Rock, our Fortress, and our Hope. Help us not get discouraged when the water below looks deep because we know that Your loving arms are wide open and waiting. We thank You and praise You for Your promises. In the precious name of Jesus we pray. Amen.

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This post originally appeared on Simply Jesus Ministries

Shared at Holly Barrett, Rich Faith Rising, More of Him, Strangers & Pilgrims on Earth, Jennifer Dukes Lee, Cornerstone Confessions, & Soul Survival.

Also on I Choose Joy3-D Lessons for Life7 Days Time, Missional CallGraced Simplicity, Essential Thing Devotions, and Counting My Blessings.

All Scripture verses come from the New King James Version, unless otherwise noted.

What do you think? How have you learned to jump safely into your Father’s arms, even when the fear looms?

16 Responses to The Life Jacket

  1. Rick

    Sounds so simple, yet faith increase is what brings us the courage to surrender our life jackets. I find that depending on the depth of the water, the height of the rocks, or the violence of the waves, that I reach for that jacket out of habit, especially if it’s a new storm in my life. Uncharted waters seen to have an unfamiliar ending. That’s why it is so important for us to know the stories in God’s word. It gives us great examples of real people doing real life and how things ended up depending on their responses, either right our wrong. May we all list our life jackets on ebay and give the proceeds to the poor!

    • Heather

      Amen, Rick! This is why it is also important to know who our God is. Like they say, we don’t need to worry because our Lifeguard walks on water.

  2. Surrounded by the Spirit

    Hi Heather! What a great image that is…you in the water, waiting for your son to get that courage to jump. Wow. I can really apply that to myself, in the things the Lord calls me to do, and I stand and wonder if I can really do that. Am I the best person to do that Lord? Are you sure? How silly!
    When he calls, I should hang on to him, and not to my life preserver. I should have faith that says he wouldn’t call me unless I was ready.
    I really like this post! Thank you for your encouraging words 🙂

    • Heather

      Thank you for your encouragement, Ceil. I’m happy you were blessed by this post. We should all have that kind of faith, but alas, we are human. Thankfully, we can rely on Him in our times of need. Blessings to you and yours.

    • Heather

      Oh, yes, I too cling to my ability to think that I can control things. We are good at that, aren’t we? I’m so thankful that we can cling to our Jesus. Thanks for stopping by.

    • Heather

      Thank you for reading and for taking the time to comment, Tania. Remember that you are jumping into the arms of a strong, loving God. Blessings to you and yours!

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