Recently my dad shared with me a story he had heard on the news that is yet another example of God’s ever loving hand protecting his earthly children. Check this out…
A couple of years ago a group of lifeguards were swimming off the coast of New Zealand. A senior lifeguard and three female lifeguards were on a training swim about 100 meters off Ocean Beach near Whangarei on the North Island.
About halfway through the swim, a pod of dolphins appeared out of nowhere and startled the swimmers as they approached them with great speed. They immediately started circling the four lifeguards, thrashing their tails forcefully in the surf as the circle seemed to tighten around them. For a moment one of the swimmers thought that perhaps the aggressive acting males of dolphins were protecting their baby.
Like sheepdogs herding the flock, the agitated dolphins bunched the four swimmers together by circling about 4-8 meters from them. This lasted for about 40 minutes. When an opening appeared in the ranks of the circling dolphins, the male lifeguard broke away from the main group. One of the larger dolphins became agitated and submerged towards the escaping swimmer. The lifeguard turned to see where the aquatic mammal would surface. That is when he saw it:
A great white shark about two meters away in the crystal clear waters!
“The form came and traveled in an arc around me. I knew instinctively what it was,” the male lifeguard said. At the moment when the shark started moving toward the women, the dolphins went into a frenzy, creating a confusion screen around the girls. All the male swimmer could see was just a mass of fins, backs and human heads.
As a rescue boat neared, the shark left, but not the dolphins. They remained close to the group as they swam back to shore. The dolphins did not come to intimidate, frighten or harm the four people: the dolphins came to protect and save the swimmers. The dolphins’ actions were not the threat that it seemed to be!
When one of the lifeguards later told of this experience to dolphin experts, they conveyed to him that it was not unusual for dolphins to protect humans who were in the water.
What these swimmers experienced that day, we too experience in our lives. There are times when we face hardships and trials. And in those times we can often be tempted to think, “Where is God? Why is God letting this happen to me?”
There are times we jump to the conclusion, not seeing the bigger picture or not realizing that perhaps God is allowing this to happen for a good purpose. Sometimes we can be like the swimmers, who for the first 40 minutes, misunderstood why the dolphins were acting as they were.
Through the apostle Paul our gracious and all powerful God promises us, “All things work for the good of those who love God.” And the Psalmist reminds us, “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging.”
When we step out in faith and live on the promises of our faithful God, we can be assured of His presence and blessings.
And what may seem like an “agitated dolphin” in your life, is really God protecting you from an unseen shark! So let us live life with the certainty and comfort knowing God is always with us and God will bring good out of ANY and ALL situations that life puts us in! Remember: with God life is not always as it seems at the moment.