“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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