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
Hearing his voice, the little boy became alarmed and
made a U-tur n to swim to his father. It was too late.
Just as he reached his father, the alligator reached
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
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 go. In the
midst of your struggle, He’s been there holding on to
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.
 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 scar, because you don’t
know how they got them. Also, it is soooo important
that we are not selfish. Right now, someone needs to know that God loves them,
and you love them too – enough to not let them go.