Tower318 was created for you—the courageous warrior you might not even realize you are.
Go sit on a lifeguard tower and stare out at the ocean. (Or any large body of water will do. But, if you are nowhere near oceans, lakes, or rivers, just imagine you are.) That ocean is big, huh? It’s vast and expansive and seems like it never ends. You can stare for as long as you want, but you’ll never see the end of it while you sit there on that tower. There are so many mysteries beneath the surface and a countless amount of creatures living miles from that shoreline. It makes you feel so small.
But even still: You are valued. You are loved. And you matter.
A lifeguard tower is a reminder that, even when it feels like you’ve been forgotten or that the world has turned its back on you, God still cares. No matter where you are in life or what you’re facing, He still cares. Even when life doesn’t work out the way you hoped it would or your prayers feel lost in the wind or simply not answered the way you wanted, God still cares.
In Daniel 3, three heroes who probably don’t get enough recognition—Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego—decided they were not going to bow down to King Nebuchadnezzar’s image of gold (you know, because they didn’t want to worship anyone or anything that wasn’t God—mad props, bros). The king wasn’t too thrilled about that, so he said if they didn’t fall down in worship as he told them to, he would throw them in a blazing furnace. The fellas weren’t afraid of a little fire and told King Nebuchadnezzar that God would rescue them from the flames, but they added in a little something extra (verse 18): “But even if he does not, we want you to know, Your Majesty, that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up.”
That first part is so critical because it’s a complete testament of faith. They’re living out the belief that God will take care of us, even if He doesn’t do exactly what we think or hope He will do. Did those three live through the furnace situation? You bet. And King Nebuchadnezzar was blown away—he was even more astounded that he had seen not three but four men walking around in the furnace.
Because the Lord walks with us even through the fiercest fires we face.
Friends, we want you to know just how valued and loved you are. Your identity and your worth won’t be found in the things you have and the people you meet in life. Don’t be afraid to be you, and don’t be afraid to do the big and scary things in life.
Whether you’re sitting peacefully on a lifeguard tower or walking through blazing flames, you’ll never be alone.