THE SWIMMING HOLE

Some years ago on a hot summer day in south Florida  alittle boy decided to go for a swim in the old swimming hole behind hishouse. In a hurry to dive into the cool water, he ran out the back door,leaving behind shoes, socks and shirt as he went. He flew into the water,not realizing that as he swam toward the middle of the lake, an alligatorwas swimming toward the shore. 

His mother-in the house was looking out the window-saw the two as theygot closer and closer together. In utter fear, she rantoward the water, yelling to her son as loudly as she could.

Hearing her voice, the little boy became alarmed and made a U-turn toswim to his mother. 

It was too late. Just as he reached her, the alligator reached him. Fromthe dock, the mother grabbed her little boy by thearms just as the alligator snatched his legs. That began an incredible tug-of-war between the two.

The alligator was much stronger than the mother, but the mother was muchtoo passionate to let go. 

A farmer happened to drive by, heard her screams, raced from his truck,took aim and shot the alligator. Remarkably, after weeks and weeks in the hospital, the little boy survived. 

His legs were extremely scarred by the vicious attack of the animal.And, on his arms, were deep scratches where his mother's fingernails dug into his flesh in her effort to hang on to the son sheloved. 

The newspaper reporter who interviewed the boy after the trauma, askedif he would show him his scars. The boy lifted his pant legs. And then,with obvious pride, he said to the reporter, "But look atmy arms. I have great scars on my arms, too. I have them because my momwouldn't let go." 

You and I can identify with that little boy. We have scars, too. No, notfrom an alligator, or anything quite so dramatic, But, the scars of apainful past. Some of those scars are unsightly and have caused us deepregret. But, some wounds, my friend, are because God has refused to let go. In the midst of your struggle, He's been there
holding on to you.

The Scripture teaches that God loves you. If you have Christ in yourlife, you have become a child of God. He wants to protect you and providefor you in every way.

But sometimes we foolishly wade into dangerous situations. The swimminghole of life is filled with peril - and we forget that the enemy iswaiting to attack. 

That's when the tug-o-war begins - and if you have the scars of His loveon your arms be very, very grateful.

He did not - and will not - let you go.