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  • Surrender Yourself: Lesson Learned in a Helpless Situation

    So this past Memorial Day weekend,
    my family and friends hit the road to our lake house for a weekend filled with
    memories and bonding. Along with my family came many significant others
    including my boyfriend, Trenton. On Sunday afternoon, I was dying to do some
    tubing, one of my favorite lake day activities, and who better to tube with
    than your best friend. So Trenton and I hopped on the tube for some fun, and
    little did we know it would have been one heck of a ride. In the midst of
    tubing, Trenton began to have an asthma
    attack
    , because his asthma has been acting up a lot recently especially on
    rainy, gloomy days. He could barely tell me that we needed to stop tubing, and
    then once I finally understood, we hopped back onto the boat, only to have the
    boat’s battery die. We were stuck miles from our dock without a phone to call
    for help or an inhaler to allow Trenton to breathe. After a series of
    unfortunate events like the boat breaking down, then the rescue jet ski
    flipping over, and Trenton not having a life jacket on, we finally made it to
    our dock about 30 minutes later. He quickly got his inhaler, which only helped
    for about 2 hours, and then we had to rush to the small hospital in McMinnville,
    where we could get him breathing regularly once again. Now this story ends
    happily. We are both home from the lake,
    breathing, and so thankful, and we also learned many things through this tragic
    event.

    While on
    the pontoon boat, which came to our rescue after we were trying to stay afloat
    on a flipped over Jet Ski, we both were
    so helpless
    . Trenton couldn’t even talk because his lungs were closing so
    fast, and all I could do was think of the worst. All I could do was bow my head
    next to his and pray. I knew if all
    else failed, God would pull through for
    the both of us.
    I was reminded of something I heard at an FCA camp, which I
    will never forget. I quote,

    “It is in your points of desperation where we realize how powerless we
    are and how much we need Christ.”

    It is natural for us humans to believe we can do it all
    without outside help, but in this situation, Trenton and I both were reminded
    how powerless we truly are.

    Not only
    did we learn this lesson, but this morning when he and I read our devotional,
    it was about how God is our source of
    peace and hope
    , both of which we were in need of due to the circumstances.
    We were reminded in our reading, Romans 5:1-11, that our suffering only produced perseverance for the both of us. We persevered
    literally on the boat, but we also both have come to know the Lord so much
    better. We both know that we NEED the POWER OF CHRIST on our side, and we
    should be persistent in recognizing and submitting ourselves to the Lord.

    Though it was a tough weekend, I believe that we both grew stronger
    because of it, and I most certainly believe with all my heart that we are
    powerless. We would not be here if it were not for the selfless God we serve. Surrender to his power and authority.

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