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“Tomorrow there’ll be another tidal wave, so keep your snorkel above the water level.”

- President George Bush, quoting his mother’s advice about staying calm


Sometimes chaos threatens to drown us—we’re in over our head, desperately searching for rescue.

International tensions over espionage practices, wars, and political shenanigans discourage us

Our personal lives sometimes feel in shambles—everything nailed down is coming loose.

Just when we thought everything was fine, some other horrible thing comes along.


As floodwaters rise higher and higher all around us, we wonder if we’re going to survive.

Will our Creator and Savior rescue us from this trouble? Will He see us through it all?

The Lord has been our Storm Shelter for years—will this perfect storm kill us?

Will this pain destroy us, or strengthen us?  Will we live to tell about it?


Perhaps the Captain of our souls lets the water get deep to teach us trust.

We’re not sure why bad things happen to good people, but He knows.

Maybe the Master is rocking our small boat to get our attention.

When we finally realize who has the helm, we can relax.


“As the waters rose higher and higher above the ground, the boat floated safely on the surface.”

(Genesis 7:18 NLT)


[Reflections on Day 5, “Flotation Advice”, from Gentle Whispers from Eternity]


Johnny R. Almond

Pastor, Colonial Beach Baptist Church, Virginia


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