Tuesday, March 18, 2014

air bubble

I recently watched the famous German submarine movie, "Das Boot" about a U-Boat in World War II. It is a compelling story and it humanized the German fighting men in a way that I had never seen before. The captain of the boat is totally committed to his crew and he has great confidence in his boat. Several times he takes the craft very deep...into the crush zone...to escape detection. But, toward the end of the story, the U-Boat is damaged during a dive and is unable to level out. Eventually it settles on the bottom, well below the designed depth for the boat. Serious flooding begins and there is a desperate effort to stem the leaks and repair damaged motors and pumps. The situation seems impossible and the captain is at the end of his hope. But they find one opportunity, once repairs are made, to blow water out of the ballast tanks...and they succeed! The air that replaces the water gives the boat enough buoyancy to rise to the surface. It struck me that we carry air in our tanks as well, as believers in Jesus Christ. The Holy Spirit is the air that resides in our tank and even when we are below crush depth...He will bring us to the surface. The Holy Spirit is the air of Heaven, itself, as the presence of God in our lives. And He cannot be crushed and He cannot be suppressed and He will cause us to lift...to rise...up from any and every crisis...even the crisis that may ultimately carry us from flesh to spirit in Heaven, itself!
Romans 1:4 and he was shown to be the Son of God when he was raised from the dead by the power of the Holy Spirit. He is Jesus Christ our Lord.-
Rob Smith

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