Saturday, December 30, 2006

Isaiah 25:1-9; Psalms 23, 27; Revelation 1:9-20; John 7:53-8:11

The story is true. However, the names have been changed.

The flames from the garage leaped into the living room. Sadie was sleeping in the living room and smelled the ever encroaching angry, black smoke. She quickly yelled to her family, grabbed a laundry basket of clean clothes by the sofa where she had slept, and fled through the front door.

The family escaped without harm. The firefighters reported that if she had not been sleeping downstairs, the entire family would have perished because of smoke inhalation. Even though their house burned to the ground, the family said a word of thanks to God for sparing their lives.

Sadie thought back to when she had sat in the surgeon’s office.

“You will need surgery on your back, Sadie,” said the doctor to the educator. All Sadie could think of was being away two weeks from her students in special education.

“My students need me,” she quietly protested to her doctor.

“They won’t have you at all if you do not have this procedure.”

“I understand,” she replied.

She had the surgery. The surgeon reminded her not to climb stairs. Therefore, she had slept in the living room – and was responsible for saving her family’s lives.

That same evening of the fire, the Warner family – also members of Sadie’s church – was praying around the dinner table. “Lord, our house has been on the market for ten months. We are making two house payments. Why hasn’t it sold?” After praying, the family felt peace.

The next day their pastor called. “Since your house has not sold yet, may Sadie’s family stay there until their new house is built?”

The Warners unhesitatingly replied, “Of course!”

We do not understand God’s ways always, or understand right away. However, we know that the God of the Old Testament promises never to leave us (Psalm 23:4; 27:9) and will be our shade from the heat (Isaiah 25:4). Jesus will stand by us also, just as he stood by the woman accused of adultery (John 8:10, 11). One way we remember the promises of our heavenly father is to follow his commands. Just like John in Revelation 1:11 was commanded to record what he saw, I was led by the Holy Spirit to write down this true account to remind you to rest in the promises of God.

- Leanna Wilson



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