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The Rescue2 min read

“God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore, we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea. Though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging. He says, ‘Be still and know that I am God’” (Psalm 46:1–3,10).

She felt like she was going to drown. She couldn’t tread water much longer. The only thing keeping her afloat was the little bit of light in her heart. Suddenly, a huge wave of sorrow swept over her, swinging her under water. She couldn’t breathe; the light was gone. All that was left in her mind was negativity and darkness.

“You will never be good enough. No matter how hard you try, you will never be perfect.” The thoughts pulled her even deeper into the water. A hand suddenly appeared and pulled her up to the surface. The man that had pulled her to the surface was walking on the water.

“Don’t worry,” He said, “You can trust in me. Even though it may seem like the end of the world, it is not. You aren’t useless; I have a plan for you. You may not be perfect, but you are perfect in my eyes. You don’t have to be afraid, because I love you. You are mine.”

Then he told the waves to be still. Her waves of fear, doubt, sadness, and negativity subsided. The light filled her heart again, her fear disappeared, and she felt loved. He looked at her and said, “Trust in Me, and I can calm your biggest storm.” He gave her a hug. It was the most comforting thing she had ever felt.

Just like the girl in this allegory, whenever your mind fills with doubt, fear, negativity, or sadness, trust in Jesus. There is no wave that is too strong to overpower His love for you. No matter how many words of negativity flood your mind, they can never destroy His light. He is our refuge and strength. So, when you are drowning in the waves of fear or sorrow, be still, and trust God to comfort you with His never-ending love.

–Devotion written by Lauren, grade 8, Trinity Lutheran School in Clinton Twp.

Photo (c) Gill Copeland/iStock

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National Lutheran Schools Week provides nearly 2,000 preschools, elementary schools and high schools with the public opportunity to proclaim and celebrate God’s work among us in schools of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod. We thank God for the opportunity to provide excellent academic preparation for the children we serve. We are most grateful for the opportunity to share Jesus’ amazing love with children and their families. National Lutheran Schools Week gives us an opportunity to proclaim these great blessings within the communities we serve. Our schools are amazing incubators for faithful witness of God’s love for us through Christ by teachers and students alike. lcms.org

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