By Alan Dean\r\nRetired pastor\r\n\r\nSeventh-day Adventist Church\r\nWatchman Nee was a Christian writer who became a Christian in 1920 in his home country of China. As a boy he used to love gathering with his friends at the local swimming hole in a large creek. It was always a good time to cool off and to have a lot of fun.\r\nOne day while they were swimming, one of his friends got a severe cramp in his leg out in the deeper water. The boy tried to swim ashore but he wasn\u2019t able. \u201cHelp\u201d he cried, \u201cI can\u2019t swim, someone help me.\u201d\r\nNee\u2019s friends all froze in fear. They only knew how to \u201cdog paddle,\u201d not how to save a drowning boy. Only Nee knew how to swim well, and be able to save their friend. So the boys looked to Nee, expecting him to go quickly out to the rescue.\r\nBut Nee just stood there watching the boy struggle in the water. \u201cDo something!\u201d someone shouted. Nee didn\u2019t move. The other boys were going wild now, screaming for Nee to help. Eventually the boy in the deep quit struggling and sank below the surface.\r\nInstantly Nee dived into the water and with strong strokes came to the boy. Reaching down, he grabbed the boy\u2019s hair and pulled him to the surface and quickly brought him to shore. Nee turned him face down. The boy coughed a few times and then took a deep breath.\r\nThe group turned to their hero: \u201cWhy did you wait so long? He almost drowned!\u201d Nee explained, \u201cIf I had gone while he was struggling, we both would have gone down. I had to wait until he gave up.\u201d\r\nSometimes Jesus has to do the same with us. As long as we are intent on saving ourselves, Jesus can\u2019t do anything for us. So he waits until we are at the end of our rope, or until we give up. Then He will take over, if we ask Him, and come to our rescue. He will come to give us the victory for which we have been struggling so hard.\r\nJesus told the Apostle Paul in 2 Cor 12:9 that His strength is made perfect in our weakness. Therefore, to gain spiritual and moral victories in our life, we must allow Jesus to give us His strength and not depend on our willpower.