To many people, the sight of a beached whale is horrifying. A "mass" stranding of these beloved sea mammals along a nation’s waterfront is even more disturbing.

To many people, the sight of a beached whale is horrifying. A "mass" stranding of these beloved sea mammals along a nation’s waterfront is even more disturbing.
A genuine love for these ocean giants motivates whale enthusiasts to help them any way they can.
Science can only theorize the cause of such intelligent creatures to beach themselves.
Certain is the fact that they have no chance of survival unless returned to the ocean. That is why navies and concerned locals from around the world have worked tirelessly to save them in such instances.
I remember as a small boy fishing with my dad. Sometimes, the fish we’d catch would lie out on the dock until he hooked them on a stringer and placed them back into the water. Otherwise, they would flop around having the appearance of helpless creatures gasping for air.
Indeed, the only thing capable of saving captured fish or beached whales deprived of their natural habitat is a return to water.
One day, God noticed how the people He created looked similar to beached whales.
He saw the human race as having strayed beyond the secure bounds of His perfect will, and that people remained powerless in themselves to do anything about it.
He saw how their struggle against the consequences of their misdeeds worked to weaken them, making them feel miserable and afraid, and how the curse thrust upon the masses because of their transgressions would lead to eternal death — unless He did something.
God’s love for those He made caused Him to act, and He did so with the only means capable of saving a human soul.
One day, Jesus encountered a woman troubled by her sins. Believing that she was of little value to anyone, the dejected soul came to draw water from a well. There, Jesus confronted her about her sins.
He said to her lovingly, "Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life" (John 4:13-14).
Just as fish cannot live without being in the water, so people cannot hope to be saved without the loving superintendence of God, through Jesus Christ, to rescue them.
It is as the Savior once declared, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me."

Mark Edmondson writes a column for the Neosho Daily News.