After I wrote the article Alone, I received some feed back here and on Facebook and it seemed like quite a few people were touched by the metaphor I chose to use to describe how lonely a lifeguard feels when he or she is the one who needs to be saved. I used a lifeguard figuratively for anyone who live their lives serving God’s people in any capacity. It seems as though this article “honed in on the cry” of many lifeguards including one of my sisters who in-boxed me her feelings towards the article. Below is my response to her message just in case someone else needs to here this:
We would all love to receive a lifeline from someone especially those whom we’ve given one to. However, the truth of the matter is that we shouldn’t take it personal when that doesn’t happen. My answer is twofold:
First, most people who are always given a lifeline still need to learn how to use it for themselves and asking them to toss a lifeline back to you may sincerely be too much to ask of them. Life has to teach them what I call the golden rule of “teach as you are taught; pour out as you have been poured into; give as you have been given; heal as you have been healed and rescue as you were once in darkness and needed to be rescued!”
Secondly, I believe that those who are always giving of themselves and serving whether in or out of church, must always remember that God IS our lifeline! In this line of duty, there are very few who know how to “hone in on the cry” of a lifeguard nor have they learned how to use what they’ve been given to go back and help others.
So as we go out into the deep dark trenches, to be the light of Jesus, we must never “expect” to be saved by those we’ve saved but only remain anchored in the only One who can refill us, save us from our own troubles and pull us out of deep waters as we toss lifelines to those who need them. King Jesus.