When my second oldest son was just a toddler, my wife took him to swimming classes. She wisely thought it would be good for him to know how to swim to the side of a pool in case he ever fell into one.
One day, while at the pool, he did fall in. He didn’t swim, he just sank. And, of course, he fell in the deep end of the swimming pool. He didn’t panic, but my wife said that when she rushed to pull him up, he had his eyes open and was looking up at her.
When she got him out, he turned to her and said, “Deep, Mommy, deep!” We’ve teased him about that for decades.
In today’s Bible reading I read 3rd John. It got me thinking about Christians that I don’t know and, yet, they are my brothers and sisters. As it says in 3 John 5, “Dear friend, you are faithful in what you are doing for the brothers and sisters, even though they are strangers to you.” If my natural family is hurting I’m going to do all I can to help. Shouldn’t I do the same, or more, with my Christian family even if I don’t know them?
Prayer: Heavenly Father, help me to connect with my Christian family, even if they are strangers to me. This is the heart of foreign missions. I pray you would call, provide, anoint, and bless those that hear Your call and launch out into the deep waters, to those who are your children and those that will hear, believe, and become your children. I pray they would trust you with the same child-like faith that my son had. That they would look up, trusting you to save them when they are in need. I ask this in the Name of Your Son, Jesus. Amen.