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A Word with You - Apr. 27, 2010

  • 2010 Apr 27


The Difference Between List and Death

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The cable news people called it a miracle. So did the man whose alive today because of what happened. He'd gone out for an afternoon on his boat off the coast of California. He didn't expect that sudden high wind that hit his vessel and threw him catapulting over the rail and into the water. The boat continued moving with its propellers nearly cutting him to pieces. He escaped that danger with relatively minor cuts, but now he was alone and adrift in those cold waters, knowing that hypothermia would soon set in. He was unable to sustain himself in the water, and he prayed for divine help. At that moment, he saw a balloon floating on the water nearby. He grabbed the balloon. He put it under his shirt to keep him buoyant. There's one problem with balloons - they tend to lose air. And slowly, the balloon that was holding him up did just that.

With hypothermia beginning to set in, he was at the end of his ability to stay alive and stay afloat. He closed his eyes, knowing that death must be near. He said, "All I could do was to begin to say the 23rd Psalm out loud, 'The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.' When I got to the part that says, 'Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for Thou art with me,' I opened my eyes. And there, floating in front of me, was a board. I grabbed it. I hung on tight. Then, in front of me, I saw a large buoy. I paddled to that buoy, only to be challenged by a huge sea lion." That's when he was sure he was going to die. But that was when, five hours after he'd gone overboard, his brother arrived in a search boat and saved his life.

© (c) Ronald P. Hutchcraft
Distributed by Ron Hutchcraft Ministries, Inc.

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