"My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is made perfect in weakness..." 2 Corinthians 12:9b

Monday, February 20, 2012

An Ever-present Help

“God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way
   and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea…”
Psalm 46:1, 2

My husband’s arm came across my chest with a whack. “Hold on,” he shouted, “we’re going to get hit!”
            I looked up from my reading to see dust and debris flying through the air and a car heading across the wide median of the highway and both north-bound lanes of traffic. The other vehicle was in the median. The highway was littered with the remains of what had once been a pick-up camper.
            We were not hit, and after calling 911, I went to see if anyone was hurt. As a retired RN, I hoped I might be of use. The passengers of the vehicle which caused the accident were miraculously unscathed. Two occupants of the camper wandered around in a daze. A young man kept saying, “We were just going down the road—and bang! I don’t know what hit us!”
Virtually all that remained was the cab of the truck and debris. It looked like news photos after a tornado, pieces of things were littered about for some distance, and most were unrecognizable.
            An old woman lay on her side on the dirt, conscious, but in obvious pain. I set about seeing to her needs and sent my husband and some others to find something to cover her with. After discovering she used oxygen, we were able to locate it to ease her breathing. Whatever she had been lying on was gone. A few ragged sleeping bags were found to warm her and soon the paramedics were there.
            As Christians, we need to live our lives in readiness. Death, illness, accidents, the loss of a job, a friend who needs help or a chance to witness, each day brings unexpected challenges. What I did for the woman in need of help came naturally.     
We need to be so familiar with God and His word that even if the foundations of our world shake, we respond in readiness, as I did out of my nurse’s training. Are you trained in the knowledge of God? Are you ready when you are called upon to see to the needs of those who need spiritual help?
            Determine to spend time in God’s word every day so that you can be God’s hands and feet when those around you are shaken to the very foundations.


Copyright by Norma Gail Thurston-Holtman & 2MefromHim Ministries, 2011. All rights reserved. Do not use without permission of author.

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