Roberta Ursrey and her family were looking forward to a fun day at the beach on the Florida coast recently. Little did they know that the day would nearly end in tragedy. Roberta’s sons had ventured too far from the shore and their screams signaled that they were in trouble. Ursrey and other family members waded out to try and help them but also got caught in the rip current. Now nine people were stuck in about 15 feet of water. But thanks to some other quick-thinking individuals, another rescue plan was initiated. Dozens of onlookers formed a human chain, stretching out hand-to-hand for the length of a football field, to get close to the distressed family. When the water got too deep for the human chain, a few strong swimmers covered the remaining distance to tow those in danger back to the people in the chain, who then passed them back to safety. Later, Roberta Ursrey was quoted as saying, “I am so grateful...These people were God’s angels that were in the right place at the right time. I owe my life and my family’s life to them. Without them, we wouldn’t be here” (http://www.newsherald.com/news/20170710/human-chain-saves-family- from-drowning).
In a time when the news cycle is dominated by so much negativity, it’s refreshing to encounter a story like this. Beyond the obvious blessing of the rescue of this family, I see a couple of lessons to be learned. First, there were people on the beach that day who were willing to get involved rather than stand back and wait for someone else to do something. Second, it took cooperation to make it work. No one person or handful of people were going to be successful. Everyone had to join hands and work together to get the job done.
Hopefully, the application to work in the kingdom of God is readily apparent. When each one of us makes it a priority to get involved and when all of us join hands to work together, great things can happen.
God loves you!