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Abby Rucker

Assistant Head Lifeguard

This summer, I have been the assistant (to the) head lifeguard, and the word “fulfillment” marked my summer. When that word first came to me I was curious to know what that might mean for me. I asked myself, “Okay, so when do I feel the most fulfilled? When am I most content or satisfied?” And my answer to that was immediate- when I’m successful. For as long as I can remember, I have taken pride in my work. Whether it’s sports or school, I like being able to know that if I work hard at something, I will get the results I want. Unfortunately, because I put all of my contentment into what I can do, my world feels shaken when something goes wrong. If I don’t get the grade I want or a person lets me down, I lose my footing. So, what that word slowly started making me see was that all of my fulfillment should come from the Father; my joy, my contentment, my satisfaction- all from Him.

In Psalm 23:2, water symbolizes peace. In John 4:14, water symbolizes eternal life. In Isaiah 58:11, water symbolizes satisfaction. In Psalm 104:10-11, water symbolizes a resource. Whether physically or spiritually, all of those references of water could be categorized as a form of fulfillment. Being a lifeguard and around water all the time (obviously), I thought these were really cool connections. Because of that realization, I felt total freedom; that meant freedom and fulfillment not only in my success, but also in my failures. My worth doesn’t change because it’s not found in what I can do, but what Jesus already did (tetelestai). It also allowed me to realize that nothing is wrong with working hard, as long as it’s for Him. 1 Corinthians 15:58 says, “Throw yourselves into the work of the Master, confident that nothing you do for Him is a waste of time or effort,” and Colossians 3:23 says, “Whatever you do, do it from the heart, as something done for the Lord and not for people.” The Father asked me to surrender this summer to Him so that He could sweetly show me what it means to be truly satisfied in Him and Him alone. There may always be more to learn, but my joy is fulfilled in Him.