Tuesday, June 8, 2010

He is Very Present

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“God is…a very present help in trouble.” Ps 46:1


Randy Reid, a thirty-four-year-old construction worker, was welding on top of a nearly completed water tower outside Chicago.

According to writer Melissa Ramsdell, Reid unhooked his safely gear to reach for some pipes when a metal cage slipped and bumped the scaffolding on which he stood.

It tipped, and Reid lost his balance. He fell 110 feet landing face down on a pile of dirt, just missing rocks and construction debris.

A fellow worker called 911. When paramedics arrived they found Reid conscious, moving, and complaining of a sore back. Apparently the fall didn’t cost Reid his sense of humor.

As paramedics carried him on a backboard to the ambulance, Reid had one request: “Don’t drop me.” (Doctors later said Reid came away from the accident with just a bruised leg.)


Sometimes we resemble Randy Reid. God protects us from harm in a 110-foot fall, yet we are not willing to trust Him to get us over the next two-foot hurdle.

What’s the answer? “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.”

Note the words “very present.”

When we hit life’s rough spots our tendency is to feel abandoned, yet the opposite is true. At that very moment we are more than ever the object of His love and concern.  (By Rick Godwin)

Yes, even when our vision is blurred, our thinking foggy, our faith fleeting, and we look up and can’t see Him clearly—He is “very present.”

Thank you Lord for always being there, even when we have our doubts, fears and worries.  I’m so grateful to know you are truly very present. Make yourself known to all who are struggling today. In Jesus name, amen.

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37 comments:

Beth.. One Blessed Nana said...

great post that just really ministers to what has been happening in MY world lately.

so glad I stopped in!

partialemptynester said...

Wow, so awesome to truly think about!

Bear said...

Loved both the picture and your devotional -- very encouraging, and so true!

Debbie said...

Susan, great word of wisdom and counsel. Thank you for sharing that story too. I think I'm in a similar place when I need to be reminded of this.

Blessings,
Debbie

Denise said...

Amen, amen.

Wanda said...

How great is our God! So true that despite God's track record of protection and provision, we often that He'll come to our aid in our present situation.

lori said...

Hello my dear!
What a perfect Word for today! I've just been burdened by the news of so many hurting friends and family at every turn...this is encouragement; such encouragement!

love you friend!
peace,
lori

GlowinGirl said...

This hits home for me . . . On Monday, I wrote about God being in the dark places. He is present even when we can't see or feel Him. Praise Him!

Mary said...

Great word Susan! Love the story. God is "very present". He never leaves us nor forsakes us. Blessings on your day Susan!

Karen said...

That story is priceless! "Don't drop me." Yes, definitely a message for me!
Thank you and bless you

One Heart said...

Thank you for sharing this. I love the verse but the story is awesome.

Blessings!

SnoWhite {Finding Joy in My Kitchen} said...

Wow, Susan. This is exactly what I needed to hear today. Really. The reminder that God is ever present is just what I needed. Thank you.

Amydeanne said...

interesting story, we actually had a guy at work do something like this and land on his feet like a cat, of course he didn't come away so free from it! :(

happy WFW Susan!

skoots1mom said...

strength is in many posts this morning...
great pic

Mystiqua K said...

Happy WFW!!! Amen and Amen!

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Carrie said...

What a great, inspiring story, Susan ... it really hit home with me this morning.

Hope your WFW is blessed!

From the Heart said...

All of the verses I've seen so far seem to link together. God really loves us. Why can't unbelievers see that?

Kim@Seasons of My Heart said...

Hey frend~
It's been awhile...since I've last stopped by.....yet I'm so glad I did today!

I so loved the photo...and story...and I'm SO thankful...that my God remains!

Love ya friend.

Marilyn in Mississippi said...

Oh my! That is so like me and most other people I know. Trust HIM with the big stuff but not the little! Wow! This was an eye-opener!

Marilyn

Francine said...

Susan ... again I want to thank you for visiting my blog. Of course, I came to see yours and what a timely message for me. It was one of those "God's talking directly to me" moments. What a lovely place to visit. I pray God continues to bless you.

Laurie said...

This scripture combined with the picture really make an impact on our belief in God being with us in all kinds of storms. I so agree with your prayer today, and may we trust Him to keep His Word!

Blessings to you,
Laurie

Missie said...

what a crazy story! Helps you know that even when you feel like you have fallen that far you can be ok if you have the right Man in your corner!

Kaye Swain - SandwichINK said...

One of my favorite inspirational and encouraging Bible verses!!! And such a great photo for it. Thank you for a blessed Word-Filled Wednesday! :)

Whidbey Woman said...

We are face storms in life. So good to know the Lord is present in our midsts. Thanks for a great post!

Cathy said...

That is just beautiful, Susan.

Krisitn Amato said...

Wow...good, good, good! I loved so much in this devotional. We'll talk later. ;)
Love,
Kristin

LauraLee Shaw said...

I'm so thankful for that!!!! Amen!

Joan said...

Such comfort in this verse.

Blessings,
Joan

Janis@Open My Ears Lord said...

Hi Susan,
Oh how true those words are. We can trust God for the big things, but when we go through the smaller trials or the daily grind, we forget to turn to Him. A great post.
And thank you for stopping by my place. I don't think I got everything right for the Wednesday Photo Devo. Will do better next time.
From My Heart to Yours,
Janis

Lynn said...

Know that I'm still here praying!
Psalms 40:1-4 I waited patiently for the LORD; and he inclined unto me, and heard my cry. He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings. And he hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God: many shall see it, and fear, and shall trust in the LORD. Blessed is that man that maketh the LORD his trust, and respecteth not the proud, nor such as turn aside to lies.
Prayer Bears
My email address

王周宏儒 said...

Subtlety is better than force. ............................................................

Donna said...

Great post and a great promise to cling to! Thanks for the reminder that God is a "very present" help, no matter if we cannot see Him clearly.

Sherry @ Lamp Unto My Feet said...

PRaise God He is ever present! Friends sometimes come and go, but we know that He is always there! :D

Thank you for sharing!
Have a great day!
Sherry

daylily777 said...

Amen , He is my refuge & strength !
Blessings,
~Myrna

Lynn said...

What amazing words of comfort! Praying!
Revelation 21:1-4 And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea. And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God. And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.
Prayer Bears
My email address

Lynn said...

What amazing words of comfort! Praying!
Revelation 21:1-4 And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea. And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God. And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.
Prayer Bears
My email address

chrry said...

一個人最大的敵人常是自己。 ............................................................