Proverbs 15:3 “The eyes of the Lord are in every place, keeping watch on the evil and the good.”
Ripples of water licked the edge of the beach front on beautiful Lake Pleasant in the Adirondack Mountains. The summer sun shimmered pleasantly while many guests lounged on the warm sand soaking in its rays or cooled their tanned skin in the crystal clear waters. In the distance engines roared to life, laughter filled the air, and water skiers tried their sea legs for the first time of the season. Everyone was relaxed and away from the pressures of every day life except for a few.
|Your Uncle David and me in 1986 at Lake Pleasant.|
Each hour five or six young men and women did rounds at the beach front. We climbed the high white chair to perch above the crowd or swam with one arm while carrying a towel with the other to the floating dock at the far end of the swimming area.
Upon arriving at our post we spent the next 60 minutes focused on the lake, body ready, eyes roving back and forth. We scrutinized and counted the bobbing heads and colorful suits over and over making sure that the swimmers were safe.
Though I enjoyed my summer lifeguarding opportunities, I understood the seriousness of the job. It is not one to be taken lightly, especially when working at a large lake with not as much visibility as a pool. That responsibility helped me to appreciate more fully today’s verse. The eyes of the Lord are in every place keeping watch on the evil and the good.
Though as a lifeguard I could only see one place at a time, I know that the Lord can see everything at once. There is no place you can go from His Spirit or anywhere you can flee from His presence. If you were to rise into the heavens, He would be there, or if you were to make your bed in the depths of hell, even there He would see you. There is no place that is outside of His vision.
I am grateful that I can live in safety knowing that God is the guard of my life. So run and jump into life’s lake waters. Enjoy the opportunities that God gives you. Live confidently in the knowledge that the greatest Lifeguard of all is keeping His eyes on you and there is nowhere you can go that is outside of His sight.