The waves were awesome that broke 50 yards off the shore at Daytona Beach. The force of the water surged inward to reluctant swimmers who tested the rip currents very carefully.

Right on the edge of the undulating surf was a dad holding his 18-month-old child just above the current. One wave after another rolled in and the gleeful baby enjoyed dangling his feet in the foam and salt water. As each wave came, the father would lift the child just high enough so that no danger would come and the experience was delightful to both the dad and his small son.

I watched for some time and remembered the days when my children were small and trusted me to deliver them from danger at the beach. The more I thought about this joyful time for me and the reality experience of the unknown to me parent and child I watched on the seashore, the more I thought about how God cares for his children.

Life has many experiences like the surging surf. The waves of ominous danger threaten our security and our serenity. However, we can be thankful when our heavenly Father holds us and lifts us when we would be too weak to survive. Isaiah says it best “. . . Fear not: for I have redeemed thee, I have called thee by name; thou art mine. When thou passeth through the waters, I will be with thee, they shall not overflow thee . . .” (Isaiah 43:1a-2a) KJV.

The Rev. Milton Gardner is the pastor emeritus at Thomasville’s First Baptist Church.

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