Sure Footed with Jesus

 

Several days ago, after having been at the State Fair which happens to take place in our little town of Puyallup. My wife, daughter Ashley and myself had the adventure of watching the thrilling rides, many exhibits of housewares, crafts, 4H andscott-glennis-at-fair-9-210-07.JPG DECA, etc. Although it was very crowded and people had “Fair Fever” I challenged myself to participate in this annual event. My wife and daughter made sure to grab a scone and a carmel apple which are a few of the traditions associated with with Fair Food.  It was a sunny afternoon and always seems to close out the events of summer for us.

Later that evening, I fell backward in our living room while playing “footsie” with my other daughter’s dog, Rudy. Falling is dangerous enough but without having the strength in my arms to break my fall things went from a bad-to-worse senario. At the moment I knew I was going down, everything seemed to play out in my mind in slow motion. Obviously, I know how to break a fall using my hands, but in my present condition this typical reflex could not happen. I had to just trust God (Ps 94:18) and allow my body to fall where it may. Even my wife who saw me from the kitchen and ran to help, could not reach me fast enough. Amazingly, I landed on my bottom and the back of the brace protected my head from serious injury. Ps 91:9-12 assures “Because you have made the Lord your refuge, and the Most High your dwelling place, There shall no evil befall you, nor any plague or calamity come near your tent. For He will give His angels [a special] charge over you to accompany and defend and preserve you in all your ways [of obedience and service].They shall bear you up on their hands, lest you dash your foot against a stone. You shall tread upon the lion and adder; the young lion and the serpent shall you trample underfoot.” If we make the Lord our refuge and the Most High our dwelling place then God promises to take care of us and keep us from evil. He will send angels to look after us; to defend, preserve and bear us up. As we go forward walking “in Christ” we are faced with many trials, adversities and set backs. We may fall at times, we may get bruised, battered or beaten by life, but we do not have to live in that pain and we don’t have to stay down. We gird ourselves up, press on and take comfort knowing that God is looking out for us and always causing us to triumpth. We especially need this assurance for our worst situations. God calls the weak, the lame, and the downtrodden to Himself, those that recognize their need for a Saviour. They may be the ones who cannot defend, protect or save themselves, but they are the ones that God will use to confound the world so that no flesh can glory in His presence (1Co 1:29).

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