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Throw Out the Life Line

Posted on October 11, 2012 at 2:55 AM

"Come," he said. Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, "Lord, save me!" Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. Matthew 14:29- 31a. 


A farmer living on the edge of one of the many lakes of Minnesota started to cross it in a small sail boat one evening after dark. The wind suddenly changed, and a gust overturned the boat when he was in the middle of the lake. The surface of the water was covered with large masses of floating ice. The farmer was an expert swimmer, and he struck out boldly towards the shore, where he thought his house stood; but he grew confused in the darkness; the ice formed rapidly over the whole lake. 


He was in a small, quickly narrowing circle, in which he beat about wildly, the chill of death creeping over his body. He gave up at last, and was sinking in the freezing water, when he heard a sound. 


It was the voice of his daughter call him, “Father, father, where are you?” He listened intently. The sound of her voice would tell him which way was home. It put fresh life into him. He thought, “If she would only call once more! But she will be frightened at the dark cold. She will go back into the house and close the door.” 


But just then I heard the cry, loud and clear: “Father! I turned said the farmer later, in telling the story, and struck out in the opposite direction. I had been going away from home. I fought my way the ice broke before me. I reached the shore at last. But if my dear little girl had not persisted in calling me, though hearing no reply, I should have died there alone under the ice.” 


After reading this story, I thought about the millions of souls around us, like that poor man, have lost their balance, and let go to their grip on the lifeboat, and are struggling amid the cold icy waves of sin, soon to sink to the bottomless pit and be forever lost, unless someone goes as near to them as possible, and call them in the right direction. Just one word spoken in the name of Jesus may show them the right way, and be the means of their salvation. 


Throw Out the Life Line 


Throw out the life line across the dark wave;

There is a brother whom someone should save;

Somebody’s brother! O who then will dare

To throw out the life line, his peril to share?

 

Throw out the life line with hand quick and strong:

Why do you tarry, why linger so long?

See! he is sinking; oh, hasten today

And out with the life boat! away, then away!

 

Throw out the life line to danger fraught men,

Sinking in anguish where you’ve never been;

Winds of temptation and billows of woe

Will soon hurl them out where the dark waters flow.

 

Soon will the season of rescue be o’er,

Soon will they drift to eternity’s shore;

Haste, then, my brother, no time for delay,

But throw out the life line and save them today.

 

Throw out the life line! Throw out the life line!

Someone is drifting away;

Throw out the life line! Throw out the life line!

Someone is sinking today. 

~ Edwin S. Ufford



 

Categories: Christian Living, Thoughts, Gospel

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