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Monday, May 12, 2014

Help from on High: You Are Not Alone

How many times in your life did it seem it would end like this ...
and then somehow didn't? 
Recently I received a new devotional guide, The President's Devotional by Joshua DuBois. It is an inspirational read and a great way to prepare for the rigors of the day ahead. Today's reading was particularly inspirational for me. It was based on Luke 4:24, 28-30. In this passage, Jesus aggravates the hometown crowd, reminding them, among other things, that a prophet is not accepted in his own country. Infuriated, the crowd tries to drive Jesus to a cliff outside of town to throw him off and stone him. It doesn't happen that way. It was a close call.

The author then asks us to think back on all the close calls in our lives that we can remember. He states we would like to think we had something to do with getting ourselves out of at least a few of those. Joshua concludes, "If we consider each and every case--each accident that didn't happen, each bad call that turned out all right--we'll see the hand of providence, of God. Just as Jesus, when backed up against a cliff, simply disappeared through the midst of the crowd, so does he help us press through the toughest of times in an almost miraculous fashion, with so much ease that we scarcely recall the crisis when the moment has passed."

It is an awe inspiring thought if you allow for this possibility in your life. Are you open-minded enough in this "age of reason" to imagine that you have been helped innumerable times past one disaster after another by God? Toy with the idea. Think back on those moments when life went sour and how you are still here. I know I am. It gives me pause and hope, both at the same time. It allows me to conclude that, while awful events happen in each life (often at the hands of others who have lost their way ... or through our own bumbling) with regularity, we don't face them alone. I like that.

One final word on the subject from the master of horror, Stephen King. He sees evidence of God in the number of times the semi blows past us on the highway and doesn't run us down (a reference to Pet Sematary). 

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