Wayne Weekly: “Deep Water”

Written by on July 6, 2015

Water sports. They have really taken off in the last decade. My living in the Finger Lakes and just south of Lake Ontario makes public water pastimes pretty regular, if only for a few short months. Traditional water activities, such as water skiing, canoeing, and plain old swimming hang in there. But a cavalcade of new ones have invaded the waterfront. Jet skiing, ski boarding, and Kayaking, though not new, have grown in popularity.

Last Friday Evie and I took a day trip and ended up in Penn Yan, NY, on Keuka Lake.  I was impressed with the how much of Penn Yan remains the same today as it did way back when. The “historic district” boasts of buildings from the early 1900’s.

We decided to visit Keuka Lake State Park and enjoyed a beautifully well maintained public beach and campground. Sitting on a bench on the beach I read a sign that warned swimmers of the sharp drop offs in the lake, complete with a diagram. The park had roped in a swimming area with a few additional ropes to mark the drop offs.

Boundaries are good things. Just as these rope boundaries protect unsuspecting patrons of a sudden change in water level, God provides us with boundaries marked by “cautions” in His Word. These alerts help us to stay clear of the unexpected as well as the obvious pitfalls in life. The markings are clear, we are only to heed the warning.

God has roped off areas in life that keep us from sinking and possibly drowning. God also provides a means of rescue if we disobey and venture into unknown waters. This is the harder way to learn. We can end up sprawled out on the beach choking on water, gasping for breath.

Swimming through life can be less dangerous if we just read the sign and know the ropes. Let’s practice water safety.

“I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go; I will guide thee with mine eye.”     Psalm 32:8


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