A life insurance leaflet contains the following:
A father & a girl of ten years, both good swimmers, entered the waters of the Atlantic at a New Jersey seashore resort a few summers ago.
When some distance from shore they became separated & the father realized they were being carried out to sea by the tide.
He called out to his daughter: "Mary, I am going to shore for help. If you get tired, turn on your back; you can float all day on your back. I'll come back for you."
Before long many searchers in boats were scurrying over the face of the water hunting for one small girl, while hundreds of people to whom the news had spread waited anxiously on shore. It was four hours before they found her, far from land. She was calmly floating on her back & not at all frightened.
Cheers & tears of joy & relief greeted the rescuers with their precious burden as they came to land. The child took it calmly. She said, "He said he would come for me & that I could float all day, so I swam & floated, because I knew he would come."
May such faith in our Heavenly Father sustain us in those hours in which we must swim & float while we wait.
- Gospel Chimes. (moreillustrations.com)
Heb 9:28 (CEV): "So Christ died only once to take away the sins of many people. But when he comes again, it will not be to take away sin. He will come to save everyone who is waiting for him."