I had a dream that I was a lifeguard.
Interesting, eh? While I enjoying swimming and am very comfortable in the water, I’d rather lay in a chair and read a good book poolside. I never was… nor ever wanted to be a lifeguard. Too much pressure.
Well, in this dream… there were hundreds of people in the pool and they were all drowning. Once I realized the severity of the situation, I jumped into the pool to do my job. As I swam frantically to save the first person… a tall, bright light appeared and a hand reached out towards me.
Oddly, I knew exactly what that hand expected. And so I delivered the drowning swimmer into it.
As I swam quickly to the next drowning person, the hand appeared again and so I handed the swimmer over to it. With every person I went to help, the same thing happened. I remember starting to giggle each time the “hand-off” happened, because it seemed silly to think that I could be the one to save when this hand was reaching out to (and saving) everyone effortlessly.
I woke up laughing.
Sometimes God speaks and reveals things to me in my dreams. It was obvious He wanted to bring something to my attention. You see, I had been feeling overwhelmed by my desire to help so many people go further and deeper in their Christian walk. In a way, I was trying to be their lifeguard.
Through this dream, I believe God was showing me that although my desire to help others was a good one, I couldn’t do it alone. He needed to be the biggest part of the equation.
Ephesians 2:8 tells us that it is ONLY by faith we are saved and not through anything we do (or anything anyone else does for us). It appeared that I had been putting a whole lot of pressure on myself to be something I couldn’t be… a lifeguard.
A little heavenly reminder delivered to me in the comfort of my own bed. God is so good to me. 🙂
Look… We can speak the Truth. We can write the Truth. But the bottom line is that … we… can’t… save… anyone. Jesus already did.
His work on the cross saved us all. However, we have to grab hold of His extended hand and allow Him to be our Lifeguard. Only He can truly save us eternally. The work has already been done.
And that’s a good thing because I’m simply not able to be a lifeguard. Neither, my friend, are you.