S.aved by O.ur S.avior
In the vast expanse of this world, I find myself like a small boat, battered and struggling to make a journey on an ocean of sin. The forces of nature here are too overwhelming for me to handle alone. The waves of prejudice, hatred, racism, and inequity threaten to capsize me, and the winds of attitudes, gossip, egos, and persecution only add to my struggles. Anxiety and stress from employment, parenting, relationships, and doubts about my faith weigh heavily on me, while financial burdens create strongholds that seem insurmountable. To make matters worse, I am relentlessly pursued by hungry sharks and dangerous sea creatures, representing my own fears, lust, greed, selfishness, pride, and anger, all working to drag me deeper into the depths of my own sin.
In this desperate state, I find myself praying for the Lord Almighty to throw me a lifeline, the "life vest of salvation." My heart cries out for mercy and gratitude as He reaches out to rescue and save me from myself. With the guiding light of hope from the divine Lighthouse, I am directed towards the shores of safety. Each day and night, my prayers intensify, and I yearn for the presence of the Holy Spirit in my life. I make a solemn vow to walk in unconditional obedience, anchoring my soul in God's grace so that I never drift away again.
In this transformative journey, I discover that salvation is not a mere concept but a lifeline that can lift me from the depths of despair. It is through my unwavering faith and trust in the divine power that I find hope amid the storms of life. As I embrace God's love and grace, I learn to confront the waves of prejudice and hatred with empathy and compassion, while standing firm against the winds of gossip and egos with humility and understanding.
With God as my compass, I navigate through the challenges of daily life, seeking guidance and strength to face the hardships of employment, parenthood, and relationships. Doubts that once clouded my faith are replaced by a deeper understanding and connection with the divine.
Though the financial burdens may still exist, I learn to rely on God's provision, understanding that material wealth is fleeting, but spiritual riches are everlasting.
With each passing day, my hunger for the Holy Spirit grows, filling the void in my heart with divine wisdom and understanding. I am anchored in God's love, and through this connection, I find peace and purpose in my journey.
As I continue on this path, I strive to embody God's unconditional love, extending it to others who may also be lost at sea. I am a testament to the transformative power of faith and the hope that lies in surrendering to a higher power. No longer a sinful man adrift, I am a vessel guided by the light of God's grace, navigating the ocean of sin with newfound strength, resilience, and an unwavering anchor in the divine.
-Ronald A Fahrenholz II