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Surfers - January 09, 2006

Recently we stayed by the ocean in Florida. One day was exceptionally windy, and the surfers arrived early to take advantage of the high waves. I watched them enter the water, encased in their wet suits, their surfboards attached to their ankles, less they became separated as the surfers rode the wave. Riding the wave in must have been the exhilarating element of the surfing experience! Some rides were very short, but others had a much longer duration. They would repeat the entire cycle again and again before they left the beach.

Protection is important in this sport. The wetsuits protected the surfers from the cold Atlantic ocean, just as the armor of God protects the believer from the attacks of Satan. In Ephesians 6:11 Paul tells us about this armor. It is a gift from God, composed of the helmet of salvation, the breastplate of righteousness, the shield of faith, the belt of truth, shoes for proclaiming the truth, and the sword of the Spirit (God's Word).

It would be disastrous to the surfer if he lost his board, which could easily occur as waves toss him to and fro continuously. That is why in this water sport, the board is attached to the ankle with a cord. Likewise, I want to always keep the Holy Spirit attached to me. Jesus told us He would give us the Holy Spirit to indwell us and I thankfully accept this person of the Trinity into my everyday life.

Wave riding in the ocean and living our everyday life has its highs and lows. Thank you Lord, for the armor you have given us, and the Holy Spirit who will always be available to comfort and guide us.

Contributed by Marion Smith
 
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