Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Jewel # 199 (Dec. 24, 2014)

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"They shall be mine, saith the Lord of hosts,
in that day when I make
up MY JEWELS.”
(Malachi 3:17)
To my dear grandchildren,

An Incredible ’Thank You’

“Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
(Ephesians 5:20)

In late summer of this year, a report was received of a very strange, yet astounding and beautiful occurrence. The event took place in the ocean not far from San Francisco.

A fisherman had spent some time fishing in the area of a group of islands not far from San Francisco. While there he spotted a very large female humpback whale that appeared to be in trouble. Upon careful examination the fisherman realized that the huge creature had become entangled in a spider web maze of crab traps and lines. She was almost helplessly weighted down by hundreds of pounds of of traps.

The whale was struggling just to stay afloat, and it was obvious to the fisherman that if something were not done to help the creature, she would die. Adding to her very dangerous condition were the hundreds of yards of line rope which had wrapped around her body, her tail, her torso, and even tugging in her mouth.

The fisherman who spotted her just a bit east of the Farralone islands (outside the Golden Gate Bridge) decided upon a plan to try and do something to help the trapped whale.

He radioed an environmental group explaining the whale’s plight, asking for help. Within a short time a rescue team arrived. They determined the whale was so badly entangled, the only way to save her was to dive in and untangle her by hand - a very dangerous act since just one slap of her tail could kill a rescuer.

The environmental group divers worked carefully with knives and after three or four hours, eventually freed the whale. Then something astounding and beautiful took place. The freed whale swam for awhile in joyous circles. Then to everyone’s surprise she came back to each and every diver. Nudging them one at a time, the huge whale gently pushed them in circles - as though she was thanking them for her freedom.

One of the divers who cut the rope out of her mouth says he saw her eye following him the whole time. He and other divers said that awesome experience was one they will never forget.

May we never forget what our Lord Jesus has freed each believer from through His death on the cross!

"If the Son . . . shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.”
(John 8:36)

Love you all,
Grandpa

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