Friday, September 17, 2010

Sink or Swim

I'd just like to share with you an article in my Bible. This is the testimony of a man (I'll rename him Frank) who was raised in Thailand and was a Buddhist for twenty years.

"When I was a Buddhist, I felt like I was in the middle of a large lake. I was drowning and I didn't know how to swim. As I struggled to keep my head above water, I looked toward the shore and saw Buddha walk up to the edge of the lake. Buddha began shouting instructions to me, telling me how to swim. He shouted, "Kick your legs and paddle your arms. But then Buddha said, "Frank, you must make it to shore yourself." As I struggled to follow Buddha's instructions, I looked toward the shore again. This time I saw Jesus walk up to the lake. Unlike Buddha, Jesus didn't stop at the shoreline. Instead, He dove into the lake and swam out to rescue me! Once He had brought me safely to shore, He taught me how to swim so I could go back and rescue others!"

This is a powerful statement! Since I've never been a Buddhist, I substituted the names of my sins, struggles, and weak areas where "Buddhism" or "Buddha" was written. I know all too well what it's like to have the sinking feeling of the world come crashing down. I know what it's like to be drowning, but trying to learn how to swim all by my own strength. I've also ignorantly shoved Jesus away, even while He was in the water trying to haul my worthless self to shore. Jesus is so worth it, though. It's worth letting go and trusting in Him. There's nothing for important than that.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

That's an awe-inspiring testimony! I am constantly amazed by the way God works, and how much He cares for us! I can identify with that so well, and I can't say how glad I am Jesus came and rescued me. I also felt the last part was a challenge to me. I am rescued now, but I need to learn to swim from Jesus so I could rescue others for Him.

In Christ,