Many of the waterfront houses on Dauphin Island, Alabama, as well as numerous other places along U.S. shorelines have their own boat docks. Fishing and recreational boats are then available for use just a few yards away. A person cannot help but notice that the boats are on boatlifts that raise them well above the water level.
The boats are not left for extended periods of time at rest in the water. Shallow waters are a prime location for small marine creatures called ‘barnacles’. These creatures will attach themselves to the hulls of boats below the water line. They can soon cover the bottom of a boat. The buildup of these ‘bio-foulers’ leads to greatly increased drag when the boat moves through the water. They dramatically reduce the efficiency of the boat in both speed and fuel. The barnacles cement themselves to the hull of vessels with one of the strongest adhesives occurring in nature. It is a very labor intense and costly process to have them removed. Failure to deal with the problem can be disastrous.
In the spiritual realm, we need to be lifted out of sin-polluted waters that surround us. What God created in the beginning was good, but the devastation of disobedience and the ‘fall’ left our world fraught with danger. The seas of our lives contain many soul-foulers. Jesus is the one who can lift us above the destructive forces that surround us.
How beautiful are the words of the old hymn “Love Lifted Me” by James Rowe: “He can lift you by His love out of the angry waves.” Charles Gabriel echoes this same theme in his hymn, “He Lifted Me”:
Now on a higher plane I dwell,
and with my soul I know ’tis well;
yet how or why, I cannot tell,
He should have lifted me.
Are the cares of this world dragging you down? Do you need a lift? Turn to Jesus with a sincere heart. Repent and believe and He will lift you up.
Prayer: Lord, this day lift me out of the angry waves of this troubled world. Please lift me above the things that would foul my soul.
~ Brother Roy