12. Stumbling in the Dark

One morning I got to our meeting place before Stan arrived.  I sat down, ordered some coffee, and waited for him.  As he came in, he was limping a bit.

“What happened?” I asked him.

“No big deal, but I stubbed my toe last night.  I was trying to cross the dark bedroom and really did a number on my big toe.”

“Ouch,” I said, “I know how that can hurt.”

“It was nothing like what could have happened to me a few years ago.”

“What was that?”

“One night after a Bible study class, I was hurrying across a dark parking lot and stumbled over a curb and went flying.”

“Were you hurt?”

“Let me tell you about the remarkable provision of our Lord.”

“About two years before that fall, I had developed a blood clot that was pretty serious.”

“The doctor put me on blood thinning medication to help avoid more clots — and he told me to avoid at all costs hitting my head. He said that hitting my head would probably be the last thing I ever did.”

“As I was falling in the parking lot — and it was only a matter of a second or two, I was given the thought to not hit my head.  I turned my head and landed on my shoulder and hip, with a great deal of pain.”

“Some people would say that I was sure lucky to not hit my head, but I say that luck had nothing to do with it.  It was the Lord speaking to me with His loving provision to keep me from getting hurt more seriously, possibly fatally.”

“The Lord provides all I need all of the time.  My role is to be always thankful for all He does.”

“That was a good story, Stan, with a valuable lesson.”

“There’s more and I think it is even more valuable,” was his response.

“Please tell me.”

“What the Lord did in protecting me in the physically dark parking lot, He does in the spiritually dark areas of life that constantly confront me.”

“I am not always careful as I hurry through life and the result can be stumbling spiritually in my walk with the Lord.  When that happens and He brings me to my senses, I confess and repent. The result is that He always picks me up, dusts me off, bandages my wounds, sets me back on His lighted path, and says, ‘Go and sin no more.’”

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From now on sin no more.  John 8:11.

Prayer:  Lord, I thank you for your protection and provision in every area of my life.  You know how often I rush through the day and the night without giving adequate attention to you and your provision.  Please forgive me.  Please lead me in every recognition of your provision.  Lead and please help me to follow.  Amen.

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