Our final view of Morgan Academy, Dundee. Which is your favourite of the three views?
Photography courtesy of Ben Bremner, https://www.facebook.com/ben.bremner3

He brought me up out of the pit of destruction, out of the miry clay,
And He set my feet upon a rock making my footsteps firm.

Psalm 40:2 (NASB)

In recent days I have been thinking of the saving hold of Jesus Christ, my Lord and Saviour. It reminded me of today’s verse from one of my favourite psalms, and it also reminded me of the  day that I nearly drowned.

It was a busy Saturday morning in our village swimming pool, the small pool was full of kids and parents giggling, screams of delight and lots of splashing. I was there with a family friends who didn’t know I couldn’t swim, in fact I didn’t know I couldn’t swim…I was about six or seven years old. I was doggy paddling like mad but suddenly a stray foot caught me and I submerged and panicked. I was under water for a good few seconds before a hand came down and pulled me up to the air and the shocked face of my friends mum. I can imagine there were some sharp words from the life guard on this day, not that I heard anything.

It was the memory of that hand pulling my writhing body out of the pool that came to mind today; it is symbolic of God’s mighty hand lifting me out of the miry clay of sin, and setting my feet on the Rock that is Jesus my Saviour. As I mulled this over I was reminded of the storms of life which have never sunk me, because I was in the lifeboat with Jesus and He has kept a firm hold of me.

Dear reader, do you know Jesus Christ? Is He your Lord and Saviour today? Has He plucked you out of the depths of sin and into the boat beside Him, safe from the storms of life? The disciple were safe from the storm (Matthew 8:24) not because Jesus was in the boat, but because they were with Jesusin the boat! Being in a church where Jesus is present doesn’t guarantee you anything; but being with Jesus in church does. If you don’t know Jesus personally in this way now would be a good time to get to know Him, before the storms of life engulf you completely.

you can get to know Jesus more HERE.


23 thoughts on “His Firm Hold

  1. Wow Alan, your childhood experience is a powerful illustration of this verse! You asked which of the pictures of Morgan’s Academy was my favorite. It would have to be the first one you featured. As soon as I saw it I thought of Jesus’ words in Matthew 6- “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith?” Have a lovely weekend!

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    1. Thank you for your precious feedback Beth. Saturday is usually my rest day but I felt a strong need to post this today. I was torn between picture 1 and 2 myself, maybe slightly preferring number 2.

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      1. I’ll pass it on! This week two Texas long horn cattle just showed up in our herd, Out two bulls, Lasgaire and Gandalf began to show them who the bosses were, and now things are settled down. We called the brand inspector who is tracking down the owners to come get their cows. Never a dull moment!

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  2. Brother, when you said crowded pool with lots of young children, I immediately thought, “Danger!”
    It’s the same way swimming downstream in the ways of this world. There are so many hidden dangers for those who do not know Jesus personally. Knowing Him doesn’t remove all trouble, but having Christ at our side makes the storms of life survivable. Blessings to you and the Kearns clan. 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿

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    1. Hi David, the timing of this story is at a time when health and safety hadn’t been thought of, never mind invented. You are absolutely correct; we can know about Jesus but not really know Him. God bless you and your family today brother 🙏

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  3. I loved the first picture the most Alan with those beautiful meadow flowers. You’ve never forgotten that experience and it’s a powerful illustration. Panic, confusion..it’s our lives without God. It reminds me of that word I had the other week when the Lord said to me “Is my arm too short”. I find great comfort in that truth that He reached down and brought each of us up. No-one cannot be saved. Call to Him and He will answer.

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    1. Thank you Nichola, your right…no one is outside His reach at any time! May more realise their need of Him and call for Him. Your feedback on Ben’s photography is appreciated. God bless you and your family on this Lord’s Day 🙏

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