Sermon Illustrations

Not recognizing what is all around us. We feel helpless by our circumstances, missing the help and truth all around us

One ship found itself stranded at sea and unless help came soon, it was certain the crew would all die of thirst. Finally in the distance they saw a ship and frantically signaled, “Water! Water we die of thirst!” The ship signaled back, “Let down your buckets.”

A second time the signal, "Water, water; send us water!" ran up from the distressed vessel, and was answered, "Let down your bucket where you are." And a third and fourth signal for water was answered, "Let down your bucket where you are."

The captain of the distressed vessel, at last heeding the injunction, cast down his bucket, and it came up full of fresh, sparkling water from the mouth of the Amazon River.

Often we find ourselves in similar circumstances, in dire straits, looking for help. At those times we need to remember: Let down your bucket where you are" –

Let the Lord of life, sender of the Spirit and Lord his people, his family, his family that has all his resources, gifts, power and love at their disposal to use for his glory: let them be your aid and comfort in time of need. Above all, cry out to the Lord. (found on the internet in several places, didn’t copy the address this was from. I think I compiled to similar accounts)

It is hard to do that when we are slow, sad, and blind.