I grew up around water. I lived in the water all summer long. Lake Michigan and pools were my favorite places to hang out.
I played Water Polo in High School and did a Synchronized Swimming Club for 4 years. With my involvement and love of water I thought a logical next step would be to become a certified lifeguard.
I’m glad I did, and so is an 8 year old girl (who’s now 15).
Water is beautiful, calming, peaceful, and gives life. And yet is destructive, dangerous and takes lives at times.
Tragically, Rip Currents took the life of a Young Life student after an amazing trip to Colorado with a large group. God rocked his world on that trip. And then shook all of us when we got back. Just days after we all returned he went to be with Jesus.
Pools, still water and calm lakes can be just as dangerous. That 8 year old girl I mentioned earlier was playing in the water with her sister and a friend years ago. I was swimming with friends and cooling off in the Michigan summer heat. The water was crowded and kids were screaming. Footballs tossed overhead and couples flirting. People watching, I noticed a girl between the sandbars. She was bobbing a bit and looked like she was playing….until I noticed no sound coming out of her mouth.
Not a noise.
Without hesitation I swam to her and dragged her to shallow water. Her 12 year old sister and friend followed me in and questioned what I was doing.
Your friend was drowning.
That was it. They were shook up. Full of nerves and embarrassment they walked up the beach and went home.
The beach was full that day. Full of fun and laughter. Just under the surface was a potential tragedy.
I’m glad I was able to be used that day.
Please read this article on what drowning looks like. It just may save a life.