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Puddles of Life

During our morning walk there was quite a lot of water puddles to make our way around because of the crazy weather during the night. Being a Labrador, Max has no issue making his way through the puddles. I try to encourage him to walk around but sometimes he just walks right on through. With Marci it is a different story. She is a Shih Tzu. Some of the puddles we encountered this morning were like lakes to her.

As we made our way home, Max went ahead and Marci found herself right in front of a large puddle. She was frightened. She tried to run in the other direction but could not get far as she was attached to Max’s leash. I reached down to grab her and save her from the puddle. She did not know what was going on. She ran away from my hands because I think she feared we would start giving her a bath right there in the puddle. I tried to calm her. Finally I was able to get a good hold on her and I carried her over the puddle and placed her safely on dry ground.

We often reach puddles in our own lives. We are fearful to go through. We don’t know what direction to go and we can’t get very far no matter which way we turn. Sometimes we just need to walk up to the water’s edge in faith, understanding that God is right there. Our loving Father is always there. He reaches out and carries us across the turbulent waters in life. He holds us with His great strength. He guides us through the deepest waters and the darkest valleys. There is no safest place to be than in the hands of our Father. Stop squirming. Rest in Him. Let yourself be carried where He made you to be—to a place beyond our understanding. Step forward. It’s time.

“When you go through deep waters, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown. When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up; the flames will not consume you.” – Isaiah 43:2 [NLT]

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You Never Ask

How many times are you in need of help but you are hesitant to ask someone? Sometimes we go into this mode where we worry about something and need help, but we think it will come without us doing anything. It is almost as if we expect our neighbors to be mind readers when we can’t start our car in the morning and need the car jumped. When we are having trouble meeting deadlines we think about the need of help in our minds but we dare not ask for it.

In Isaiah 22, the people were doing what they could to take care of themselves in the basic ways. Their weakness was showing but they tried to keep it all together. They had a reservoir for water so the people would not go thirsty. They looked to these safety nets rather than looking to God. Instead of calling upon God, they did what they could in their own strength.

Again and again the Bible says that God will help us. Again and again we read that He will not forsake us—we will not be alone, not once. Yet there are moments when we look to the strength of our own hands and we never ask for help. We struggle. We try to do it alone. This verse speaks of “the One who did all this” – the Creator and Sustainer of everything. Today let us ask. Let us look to the One who did all this—the One who planned this long ago. Never be afraid or too proud to ask.

“Between the city walls, you build a reservoir for water from the old pool. But you never ask for help from the One who did all this. You never considered the One who planned this long ago.” – Isaiah 22:11 [NLT]

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Our Sustainer

Though I am not a fan of temperatures beginning to decrease, I always enjoy the beauty of the changing of leaves. It is such a great blessing to take a nice, peaceful walk and see all of God’s handiwork. During a recent walk I began to think about the seasons changing, and how with each season God is still taking care of everything.

Even before a seed is firmly planted in the soil, it is cared for by God. As it sprouts and reaches high, God is nurturing it along the way. There is not a moment when God is not working in the life of the tree. Some people look at a tree in the springtime and believe as it starts to flower and bear fruit, that the tree has reached its climax. As the season changes and the leaves begin to turn colors, an onlooker perceives that the tree is declining. The leaves fall to the ground and the tree looks to be in disarray. However, another season comes and the tree once again shows the beauty people admire most.

Our lives are just like that tree. God knew us before we were and He carefully watches over us as the seasons of our lives turn. When we are young and learning how to do the simplest of tasks, He is there. As we begin to venture out of the back yard and make friends, He is present. When we graduate from school and move out of our parent’s home, He doesn’t leave our side. Even when all our leaves fall to the ground and we are hoping for the next season to begin, He is still there as our sustainer. Through the good and bad moments of our lives, He remains.

Sometimes we are down on our knees crying. We wonder if all the leaves that fell were worth it and if we will grow new leaves. We reach out asking for direction. We question if He is by our side. We want to know that everything is okay. We feel that if we lost our leaves then it is over. It is then when we must remember He gives us life. He is right there holding us and the season will change. No matter how many times the seasons change, one thing remains– God. He doesn’t let us go and He holds us up whenever we cannot find the strength to stand.

“Cast your cares on the LORD and He will sustain you; He will never let the righteous fall.” – Psalm 55:22 [NIV]