This past week I read about a wonderful story that occurred in Panama City Beach on July 8, 2017. On that day 80 people forged a human chain to rescue 9 people who were drowning in the Gulf of Mexico because they’d been caught up in a rip tide (click here for details about the story). Roberta Ursrey and her two sons were among those rescued that day.
She told the Panama City News Herald: “These people were God’s angels that were in the right place at the right time. I owe my life and my family to them. Without them, we wouldn’t be here.”
When I read Ms. Ursrey’s statements and saw the 80-person human rescue chain, I’m reminded that when people come together in unity they can literally become a human rescue chain. We have far more than 80 people on this planet, but if we can just come together then we can become a group of people that God uses to rescue the masses of people that are “drowning” as a result of the struggles and strongholds in their lives.
Throughout history their have been humans who have banded together as a collective body of people that were “rescued” from addictions, broken relationships, depression, hardships, heartbreak and all types of issues — those that cause people to emotionally, relationally and spiritually “drown.” And once rescued, many of those people went on to experience healthy lives, families, and relationships.
While the Lord is the one who does the healing and transforming work, He uses people like you and me to accomplish His work in people’s lives. So, if you’ve been in the business of helping people get back up on their feet, and helping others, then keep it up, because the Lord is using you to “rescue” people. If you haven’t been actively helping people, start doing so. People are “drowning” in the world around us and they need our help.
Speaking of help, I really hope my blog posts have been helping you on your journey. If so, I would love to hear from you, just leave me a comment in the section below.
P.S. If you were there on that day in Panama City Beach, would you have been a part of the human rescue chain?
Let’s be in the right place at the right time, so when situations like these arise, we can respond as “ONE.”