The lone seagull glided on the same gentle breeze that tussled Barry’s hair. Dragging his feet through the shallow waves like his five-year old son might do made Barry feel young again. This was a perfect Sunday morning for a walk with his short-haired Terrier on the beach while Margaret and the kids slept in. The long days of summer were nearly over as the family wrapped up the last morning of their annual vacation to the Oregon coast.
Over the gentle rush of the waves rolling onto the sand, Barry heard a panicked cry from the surf. He turned and spotted what looked like a young man struggling to keep his head above the white-capped waves. Barry looked up the beach and then back to the lone swimmer.
The cool water hovered around Barry’s bare feet only a few inches below his rolled up Dockers. “Somebody ought to do something,” he thought as he twisted the gold wedding ring on his finger. Again he looked around. It was only himself and the drowning swimmer.
Barry pulled the cell phone from the pocket in his windbreaker and took a selfie as the man bobbed in the background. Neither his wife nor his Facebook friends would ever believe what he’d seen.
To him who knows to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin (James 4:17).
Mankind holds us responsible for more than knowing what is right, but also doing what is right to help others in need. God holds us no less accountable.