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3. The Lightning, the Lake, and the Lionhearted


In the evening, after a history lesson at school, Larry was sitting in his room staring at his “Daniel in the Lion’s Den” picture on the wall. Larry was wondering what it was like to be fearless during the time of the Pilgrims. He looked at the lions, then at Daniel, then at the angel.


Larry also remembered the story of David in the Bible. He was fearless. He took on the battle with a lion, a bear and Goliath - and won each time. Larry wondered why David was fearless and successful, but others didn’t even want to try. What did young David have that mighty warriors did not have? Larry wondered if God could give the same thing to him, and did God want to give it to him.


The next day was Saturday. The Lewis family was planning to go shopping at the mall, but Larry was invited to go with one of his new friends from school. His friend, George and his Dad often went fishing on their boat in a lake near by. Larry’s parents gave him permission to go with George and his dad. They picked up Larry early in the morning.


Larry was not very experienced at fishing. His dad took him on a fishing trip only once about a year ago. Larry was hoping he could go again, but his father’s work brought the family to a new town. Things were still a bit hectic and no fishing trips were planned yet for the Lewis family. Larry’s dad was quick to say “yes” when George’s dad called to invite Larry. It would be a great opportunity for Larry and George to have fun together.


The weather where the Lewis family now lives is very unpredictable. Mr. Lewis knew that, and George’s dad knew it even better. The weather forecast was for a slight chance of rain, but if they waited for a “really good day” they would never go fishing.


Larry and George took turns putting the bait on the fishing poles. For some reason the fish were smart enough to get the bate off without getting caught, or maybe the boys weren’t doing it quite right. Either way, the boys were having a wonderful time, and George’s dad was enjoying watching them.


When the clouds rolled in, George’s dad knew it was time to stop fishing and prepare for a rough ride back. After all the gear was secured, the boys held on tight as George’s dad began the engine startup.


After a few minutes, George’s dad realized that the engine was not going to start. The boys were a little bit anxious, but George’s dad calmed them by letting them know that they would be safe during the storm.


As the storm hit they believed they were ready. The wind kicked up and they could see lightning strikes not far away. George and Larry were frightened. George’s dad tried to calm the boys again. It helped some for Larry, but George was still frantic.


God’s Holy Spirit reminded Larry that he was not alone. Larry cried out in a loud voice, “Jesus, give me courage like David to defeat this enemy of fear!”


Larry felt a peace come upon him. Larry was surprised to see that George was also much calmer.


The storm lasted about a half an hour. After the storm passed, George’s dad radioed for help. Someone arrived in a few minutes and helped him start the engine.


When Larry arrived at home, his family asked Larry if he was ok and if he was afraid during the storm. Larry said that all thanks go to Jesus for giving him courage.

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