Last summer, one day my mother told me with regret: “Today a couple in their twenties were both drowned to death in Lake Ping. It was said that due to the hot weather, they went swimming in the lake, but unfortunately the water is so deep, which caused the tragedy.” Hearing the news, I couldn’t help thinking of my experience in the same lake where I nearly lost my life. At the very thought of it, I trembled with fear at once. After taking a deep breath, I said to her: “Actually if not for God’s protection and, I would have perished in that lake last month.” Then I told my experience in that lake to her and after hearing this, she looked at me in shock while thanking God unceasingly. In the meantime, my thought went back to a month ago …
It was a blazing noon when I came back from my errands. I felt I was going to be burned by the hot sun. With sweat all over and clothes clinging to my body, I felt very uncomfortable. When passing by the lake, I saw several children playing in the pavilion in the middle of the lake. Parking my bike on the bank, I was extremely enchanted by the inviting lake. So I took off my clothes, plunged into the water and swam toward the pavilion.
Swimming freely in the vast lake like a fish, I felt so comfortable. I sometimes dove into the water, and sometimes emerged on the surface. Seeing the pavilion about a hundred meters away, I was full of strength and energy, and then dove back into the water, holding my breath under water for quite a long time before surfacing for air. After a while, although getting further and further away from the bank, I felt the distance between me and the pavilion was still that long. Keeping on swimming for a while, I rose to the surface, surprisingly finding that all the children in the pavilion had gone sometime. Thinking that I was alone in the vast lake, I suddenly felt kind of agitate with a feeling of loneliness and fear, and wanted to give up advancing. But then another thought occurred to me: I have finished half the journey, which means I have to swim the same distance no matter whether I continue or turn back, so why not go on? I, stubborn and confident, tried to challenge my limit. Then I swam much harder to the pavilion.
Not long after I resumed my journey, I suddenly found the water in front of me rippling as if something was stirring up it over there. At first, I didn’t take it seriously and went on swimming with my strength. But strangely, hard as I swam, I couldn’t move a bit forward, only to find the ripples spreading widely across the surface. It was noon that time, yet I felt it was already dusk with everything in the surroundings turning grey and dark, including the green mountains and the clear water. Right at that moment, I got into a panic. Knowing that the bank behind was farther from me than the pavilion, I had no choice but to swim desperately with all my strength toward the pavilion. Yet before long, I became exhausted, throat burning. I thought: What should I do? I neither can return nor have the strength to swim forward, and I’m parched; since I am surrounded by water, I might as well drink some and get some strength back. Unexpectedly, hardly had I drunk some water when I sank suddenly as if someone were dragging me beneath. At that time, I was so frightened, struggling upward desperately. As soon as my nose had just touched the surface to get a little air, my body sank into the water again as if chained tightly by a ghost beneath the water. Struggling in the vast and deep lake with mind going blank, I thought my life was coming to an end, yet somehow I still didn’t want to give up.
So I continued struggling upward. The very moment my mouth shot out above the water after a hard struggle, I urgently cried out to God: “Almighty God … help me!” Then when I was sinking again, a miracle happened: My whole body, as if being supported by a hand, rose to the surface of the lake quickly. Then I surprisingly found that everything around me turned clear: The water was still clear, the sky blue, and the mountains green. Still frightened, I was gulping in air wildly. When I finally came to my senses, I began to know that God was right by my side, so I kept crying out to Him, after which my body no longer sank. Then a thought struck me suddenly: Swim on my back, and that could prevent my body from sinking. Then I floated on the surface of the lake quietly like a canoe, drifting toward the bank along the wind.
Finally I staggered onto the bank, and it took me a long time before I finally calmed down. I thought: At the life-and-death moment when I sank into darkness and was overwhelmed by fear, except God, who else could come to my rescue? My friends or my family? No, nobody could. Thinking of those who were too powerless to save themselves when drowning, I deeply appreciated that only the Master of all creation, the Almighty, has the authority to save me, creating the miracle of life, and that He is right at my side, being my ever-present reliance and help. At the thought of this, I couldn’t help but sincerely offer up my thanks and praises to God.
Later, I read these words of God: “Throughout your long lives, basically every individual has encountered many dangerous situations and undergone many temptations. This is because Satan is right there beside you, its eyes fixed on you constantly. It likes it when disaster strikes you, when calamities befall you, when nothing goes right for you, and likes it when you are caught in Satan’s net. As for God, He is protecting you constantly, keeping you from one misfortune after another and from one disaster after another. This is why I say that everything man has—peace and joy, blessings and personal safety—is in fact all under God’s control, and He guides and decides the life and fate of every individual. … God’s treatment of each and every person is earnest and responsible, more responsible even than you are to yourself. Is this not so? God does not speak idly, neither does He stand on high putting on airs nor does He make do with fooling people. Instead He is honestly and silently doing the things He Himself needs to do. These things bring blessings, peace and joy to man, they bring man peacefully and happily before the sight of God and into His family and they bring to man the right reason, right thinking, right judgment and the right frame of mind they need to come before God and receive.”
After reading God’s words, I sincerely felt God is protecting me at my side, keeping me from misfortune and death when disaster befalls me. And through that experience, I feel that God’s love for me is so great, and I only wish to believe in Him and follow Him earnestly in the rest of my life, fulfilling my duty of a created being to repay His love. All the glory be to God!