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Holding on--until You Can’t

I will say unto the Lord, "You are my place of safety and protection."  Psalm 91:2 NCV

Photo courtesy of pixabay.I kept my eyes glued on Jake as his dad retrieved him from the water. 

As my daughter and son-in-law started the pontoon to take my ten-year-old grandson, Jake, tubing, I leaned back in the seat, soaking up the warm sunshine. Matt drove, Hayley watched for other boats, and I watched Jake. We started from a calm inlet. Jake was on his knees and not holding on. When we entered the larger lake section, the waves picked up, causing Jake to grab the handles.

Soon, waves from several boats caused the tube to bump hard. Jake laid on his stomach. The next wave hit so hard that his feet flew higher than his head. Still, he hung on tightly, laughing as the bumpy ride sprayed him with water.

We all cheered. Then Matt turned the boat, and a large wave caused the tube to go air born. Jake was tossed into the lake. 

As I watched, Hayley asked, ‘Is he okay?” 

“He’s great.”  I answered. 

Jake bobbed in the lake—not anxious but relaxed in his life jacket and waiting for his father to rescue him.

Like Jake, the psalmist knew he could rely on God, his heavenly Father, to watch out for him. If things got bumpy, He would spot what was going on. And if real trouble came, He would rescue him.

Life carries us through bumpy waters—sometimes knocking us off our feet. But we have a spotter who watches and comes to our aid.

When uncertainties come or difficult decisions have to be made, hanging on to our faith is difficult. We want to grab hold of worry and fear, but doing so isn’t what God wants. He wants us to approach Him in prayer and rest in comfort as He comes to our aid.

Hold on to God for your safety and protection.

(Photo courtesy of pixabay.)

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Kathy Boyd Thompson

Kathy Boyd Thompson is a retired special education teacher. She and her husband, Byron, live in Convoy, Ohio, and have four adult children and several grandchildren. She was a 2016 winner of Guideposts Writer’s Workshop and is now a contributing writer for them. She loves to see God’s Word evidenced in everyday life.


  1. Thanks sis for this message. It is just like when we fall off that Jesus reaches down and rescues us. Big Brother!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. Thank you, Kathy, for reminding me to persevere in my faith!! ??