|| Many Waters Cannot Quench Love
A fun day at Long Beach, Washington, took a sudden turn for the worse when
Paul Douglas, while watching his son and his nephew, both about ten years old, saw
them go farther from shore than they should have gone, and then they begin
to panic. So he ran though the pounding surf and waded
about forty or fifty yards through ever deepening water where the boys
were having trouble. His nephew, the stronger swimmer of the two, seemed to
be holding his own, but he saw his son was flailing with his arms and
gasping for breath. He reached his boy and held onto him, holding him
above the shoulder high water.
Running through the bitter cold water had tired him, but the important thing was his son whom
he loved more than anything was safe. Because of his love, he was willing
to put himself in harms way to protect his son. He never stopped to
consider the danger to himself. This is the way love works.
He was holding onto his boy when he discovered his feet were trapped in the
sand. Evidently he had stood for a few seconds sinking in a patch of soft,
shifting, sand, that some locals call a crab hole. He couldnt pull his
feet free from the suction of the sand and the more he struggled, the lower
he sank. Soon the waves were crashing over him and he was no longer
able to catch his breath.
| Many Waters Cannot Quench Love
He held on to his son holding him safe until at last, unable to breathe,
he lost consciousness and let his boy go.
A short time later a rescue team arrived at the scene and pulled his badly
shaken up son out of the water. The nephew had swum safely to the
shore on his own. The rescue party searched for the dad for forty minutes,
even calling in a helicopter to assist in their efforts. At last they
located him, but it was too late, for he had drowned helping his son . A
member of the rescue squad reported to the media, The dad died a hero,
saving his son.
Paul Douglas loved his boy and died trying to protect him. Love is the
earnest desire for the good of another, that is stronger even that the
desire for the good of ones self. Solomon felt the power of love when he
wrote the following Old Testament passage in the Song of Solomon.
Set me as a seal upon thine heart, as a seal upon thine arm: for love is
as strong as death; jealousy as cruel as the grave; the coals thereof are
the coals of fire which hath a most vehement flame. Many waters cannot
quench love, neither can the floods drown it: if a man should give the
entire substance of his house for love it should be utterly condemned.
Paul Douglas loved his son with a love that was stronger than death, and he
gave more than the substance of his house for it, he gave his own life that
his son might live.
I would like to talk to you about another whose love was far stronger than
death which many waters couldnt quench, neither could the floods drown it. I
would like to talk to you about the love of the Lord Jesus Christ for a
perishing world. Even though we are all sinners he loved us so much that he
left heaven above to be born a man. In the four New Testament gospels you can trace his life on earth and see how truth and love shined in all he did and said.