When I was in high school my family lived on a farm where we kept a small herd of cattle. My folks also had a business to run which demanded a lot of their time. So, I generally got home from school well before they got home from work. I would usually look after the cows and feed the chickens before my parents arrived home.

In my senior year we had a rain that lasted for several days. The Blackwater River, which was normally about 400 yards from our west fence line, began to overflow its banks. I arrived home from school one day to find our entire lower pasture under 4 to 5 feet of water. Then I realized the cows were in that same pasture with the gate shut. They were trapped and helpless to free themselves on their own.

I dragged my canoe out of the barn and paddled out to open the gate. The cows had already crowded themselves against the gate. Their heads were barely above the water.  As soon as I opened the gate they escaped the still rising flood waters and headed for the higher pasture on a hill. On the hill they would be safe and could graze in peace.

Living in a sin stricken world, we can become flooded with uncertainty, stress and other anxieties brought on by circumstances in which we find ourselves.  Or perhaps, we see loved ones having to endure painful circumstances. We can all feel trapped and helpless to save ourselves from the rising flood.

God in His unconditional love and unfailing grace has provided an open gate through which we can pass and find peace and safety on higher ground above the flood.

Jesus said, “Yes, I am the gate. Those who come in through Me will be saved. They will come and go freely and will find good pasture.”   
John 10:9

Dear Heavenly Father, during this Lenten season may we truly seek and find that Gate of salvation which is none other than Jesus Christ our Lord. May we enter into His freedom and the abundant life He offers. For it is in His Holy Name, the Name above all names, the Name of Jesus Christ we pray.


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