It happened in New Zealand.
A twelve year old boy was drowning… swept under by a wave more powerful than he.
Onlookers began running down to the water towards the boy.
One by one they linked arms, forming a human chain so that the one trying to rescue did not become a victim himself.
They pulled with their collective strength to try and hoist the boy out of the water.
Their first attempt was futile.
Video footage then shows more people running down to add themselves to the line of eager helpers stretching from the top of the sand down into the water.
Once again they combined their efforts and their strength and pulled the boy out.
A life lesson to be sure. Do you see the parallels?
Have you risked your own life (physical, mental, emotional, spiritual) to try to rescue someone/something else by yourself?
Have you had the distinction of being ‘saved’ from drowning in your circumstances, by a variety of people working together to help you in your life? Do you now breathe on your own because of the efforts of many?
Have you had the privilege of being part of a chain… a community, a church, a small group, a family… who have linked arms and joined strength determined to keep something alive?
Our individual efforts can make a difference. So often, however, it’s when we join with others that strength is not just added, but multiplied.
I encourage you today to watch for those floundering, to link arms with others, and to be quick to act. Our willing hearts, in partnership with others, really can effect change and inspire others!
Standing Right Beside You,