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I had three pairs of goggles, put one on, and left the other two at the end of my lane. After swimming about 15 minutes, I saw a boy sitting beside my goggles. He looked at me and innocently asked if he could borrow a pair. It was interesting that he asked so straightforwardly. I said, “OK,” adjusted the goggles for him and resumed swimming. The boy swam with full-length blue Jeans.
He was diving for a toy. I stopped and talked to him while he labored to tread water. His name was Cain; he was eight and lived in a group home. A handful of other boys from the home were also there. He asked if I would play with him. What innocence and frankness! We dove together for a few minutes.
As Cain was trying on the other set of goggles, he said, “Someday I hope I will have a foster family.” I was touched and felt an impression: The curse is coming off Cain.
After finishing laps, we visited in the water. Both of us linked an elbow on the side of the pool. I asked, “Cain, do you know anything about Jesus?” He gave a childlike account of Jesus’ death and resurrection. I told him that it was a powerful story, and that it was true! Feeling I might never see Cain again, I encouraged him to get to know Jesus better and better by talking to him daily: “Jesus is real and He deeply cares for you, Cain. He will help you through life.”
I was growing attached to this boy and felt like packing him home and fathering him. He said, “I sure wish I had a pair of goggles like these.” I told him, “Keep them. I give them to you.” He confided that he had had some discipline problems at the home, but he had a special class apart from the others and that he thought he was doing better. He mentioned also that there was a tiny child in his group that chattered and babbled and sounded funny. I told him that he was probably a good friend to that child.
I prayed a short but earnest prayer with that eight-year-old boy. As I was getting out of the pool, he asked, “Do you know the song ‘I See the Moon?” He sang:
“I see the moon and the moon sees me…God bless the moon and God bless me.” As I walked away, Cain continued to sing the song to himself. I was touched with emotion for Cain’s challenges, his innocence, uncertainty and hope. May the living God follow that young man’s career!
NEW BOOK COMING!
I’M THOROUGHLY PLEASED to inform you that my newest book is coming out shortly!
It’s called, “COMPOUNDS OF ENCOURAGEMENT!”
I think you’ll like it. “In the Pool with Cain” is one of thirty edifying pieces in the book.
Compounds of Encouragement is coming in both audio and eBook.
When Riverfront Property: Connecting the River of Life came out some of you graciously offered to be reviewers. I’m seeking reviewers again. If you’d like to have access to the book early and are willing to give a review. simply send me a note saying,
“Steve, I’d like to review Compounds of Encouragement!”
Add “In Audio” or “In ebook.”
I’ll be posting more in the next few weeks.
As a PS the Riverfront Property Prophetic Documentary has been on the back burner. It is a rather daunting undertaking. Hoping to get more motion on it in the fall. Thanks for those who have prayed for this!
Steven C Johnson
Landing Strip Enterprises