The Dad Who Wouldn't Let Go

I did not write this. If you know who did, please let me know.

That reminds of a story I have often heard in churches... I did not write this and I don't know who did but it is beautiful. THE SCARS OF LIFE "Love is when God became man." Some years ago, on a hot summer day in south Florida, a little boy decided to go for a swim in the old swimming hole behind his house. In a hurry to dive into the cool water, he ran out the back door, leaving behind shoes, socks, and shirt as he went. He flew into the water, not realizing that as he swam toward the middle of the lake, an alligator was swimming toward the shore. His father, working in the yard, saw the two as they got closer and closer together. In utter fear, he ran toward the water, yelling to his son as loudly as he could. Hearing his voice, the little boy became alarmed and made a U-turn to swim to his father. It was too late. Just as he reached his father, the alligator reached him. From the dock, the father grabbed his little boy by the arms just as the alligator snatched his legs. That began an incredible tug-of-war between the two. The alligator was much stronger than the father, but the father was much too passionate to let go. A farmer happened to drive by, heard his screams, raced from his truck, took aim and shot the alligator. Remarkably, after weeks and weeks in the hospital, the little boy survived His legs were extremely scarred by the vicious attack of the animal. And, on his arms, were deep scratches where his father's fingernails dug into his flesh in his effort to hang on to the son he loved. The newspaper reporter who interviewed the boy after the trauma, asked if he would show him his scars. The boy lifted his pant legs. And then, with obvious pride, he said to the reporter, "But look at my arms. I have great scars on my arms, too. I have them because my Dad wouldn't let go." You and I can identify with that little boy. We have scars, too. No, not from an alligator, but the scars of a painful past. Some of those scars are unsightly and have caused us deep regret. But some wounds, my friend, are because God has refused to let you go. In the midst of your struggle, He's been there holding on to you. The Scripture teaches that God loves you. You are a child of God. He wants to protect you and provide for you in every way. But sometimes we foolishly wade into dangerous situations, not knowing what lies ahead. The swimming hole of life is filled with peril - and we forget that the enemy is waiting to attack. That's when the tug-of-war begins - and if you have the scars of His love on your arms, be very, very grateful. He did not and will not ever let you go. Please pass this on to those you love. God has blessed you, so that you can be a blessing to others. You just never know where a person is in his/her life and what they are going through. Never judge another person's scars, because you don't know how they got them. Also, it is so important that we are not selfish, to receive the blessings of these messages, without forwarding them to someone else. Right now, someone needs to know that God loves them, and you love them, too - enough to not let them go.

 

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David R Bradley 6 years ago from The Active Side of Infinity

Thank you for sharing this. It is beautiful and for me, arrived right on time...


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palmerlarryray 6 years ago from Macon, Missouri Author

I agree David... It is a very beautiful story. I wish I knew who originally wrote it. I am glad that you found it helpful.


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vrbmft 6 years ago from Yucaipa, California

As I sit here pondering how I will spend the rest of my evening, I read your story and feel the tugs and pulls! Shoot! Now that you have identified one of the tugs and pulls, I have to identify the other as meself!! Well, thanks for the letting go experience and doing what is best for those I love instead of what I want to do for me!!

I'm not sure how grateful I really am, but...thanks!!


Dana 4 years ago

Does anyone know if it's even true? Our pastor told this recently on Mother's Day and it was a Mother who saved her son. Makes me wonder if it is just a good inspirational tale rather than a true story.

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