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Intro: Illustrate: If You Can’t See the Water Line, It’s ... Time to Unload


When I was a child, my father, on leave from World War II, took my sister and me to the Liverpool dock yards to see the

merchant ships that brought us food.

"Brave men have risked their lives to bring us this precious cargo," he told us. I noticed a line painted around each vessel. "What’s that for?" I asked.

"To show the people loading the ship how much it’s made to carry," he said. "If they put too much on, the line disappears

below the water. The boat will sink. If they put too little inside, it won’t be full enough to do what it was made to do.

Each boat is made by its builder to carry just the right amount."


God has painted a water line in our lives… He will not give too much to bear… but would allow “too much” to cause us to need His help. My children enjoy help bringing in the groceries from the car. They prefer to carry in the candy and cookies…. But at times I would asked (make) them to carry in other items. My youngest of boys reaches for items unaware of the weight and if too heavy… says…, “You do this one daddy.” God allows for “things” to get to heavy for us so we can humble ourselves and say, “You do this one daddy.”

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