Not Enough Protection-Sunburn

For swimming and playing outdoors sunscreen protection is a must!

A few weeks ago I visited with my daughter and grandchildren in North Carolina. We tried to cram as much fun as possible into my ten-day visit. I cooked their favorite meals and spoiled them all I could.

people-2561531_1280We spent one day at Cane Creek Park. It has a lovely small lake with a terrific beach and swim area. I spent four hours in the water chasing and floating, playing frisbee and Shark and Minnows.

But the first thing we did was spray and slather each other with sunscreen. The park is a haven of huge shade trees. But the swimming area is not. The temperature was 100° that day and the gorgeous Carolina blue sky didn’t have a single cloud. And I am NOT an outdoor person.

You know where this is going, don’t you?

When the day was done we piled into the SUV and leaned back to relax. My daughter took one look at me at said, “Oh, Mama! You got a little sunburned.”

Later that day I looked in the mirror and saw not a little sunburn, but a strawberry red sunburn. And I felt it! Aloe, here I come!

I was miserable the first 24 hours. By the time I returned to my home it was healed. But I spent several painful days with my grandkids.

I thought I was protected. I took the right precautions. (Thank goodness I wore a hat!) I followed the directions. But my protection just wasn’t enough.

It reminds me how many people think they have their eternity protected. They do the right things. They go to the right churches. They speak the right church-lingo. But, anyone who is not protected by repenting of their sins and asking Jesus to enter their lives and forgive them isn’t protected enough.

Living with Christ within us as our Savior isn’t a guarantee that we’ll never get burned in this life on earth. A very old saying is, “Jesus isn’t fire insurance.” But having Christ as our Savior is more than enough protection for eternity spent with God.

Do you remember a specific time that you asked Christ to enter your life, forgive your sins and take control?

John 3:16 NIV

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

John 1:9-14

The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world.10 He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him. 11 He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. 12 Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God—13 children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.

14 The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.

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