Held In God's Hands

Greetings in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ!

            This past Friday was one of those days where I spent a lot of time on the road.  I made two trips to Amarillo.  It just seemed like the day went on forever although it only lasted about 12 hours.  My first trip was the big one.

            Let me explain.  Joshua asked if I could ride over with him to take Sutton to the doctor.  I said that I could.  I told him that I would be at the church and he could pick me up there whenever he was ready to go.  About 8:00 he called and said that Harper was going with us and he had an issue with his car.

            When I found out what it was I told him that we would just take my car.  After getting the car seats lined out we were ready to go.  We took off for Amarillo and Sutton kept saying “Papa, train” or “Papa, tractor” all the way over.  It was pretty funny!

            When we pulled up to the doctor’s office, we got out.  Joshua got Harper out and I got Sutton out.  I was just going to carry him in since it was cold and his blanket was only half on him.  I shut the door and headed for the sidewalk and that’s when it happened.

            I tripped over the curb.  I couldn’t get my feet under me and I started down.  I knew that if I fell on Sutton that he would be injured, so I just lunged ahead as far as I could so I would fall mostly on the grass.  I held Sutton in my arms so that my elbows would hit the cement/ground first and I wouldn’t fall on him.  It was not a pretty sight.

            When it was over, I was looking Sutton in the face and his eyes were about as big around as silver dollars!  After a moment he just busted out bawling.  Tears were streaming down his face and I couldn’t hardly move to even check him out to see if he was hurt.

            Joshua ran over and took Sutton and checked him out.  Thank the Lord he was okay.  There were no bruises, cuts or hurts on Sutton, but Papa wasn’t so fortunate.

            I couldn’t get my right knee to do anything and I didn’t know if I would be able to stand up or not.  Finally I got up and was able to walk into the clinic.  Soon my knee quit hurting and I was able to move around.  The only lasting issue that I received was that I cut my finger.

            As I thought about what happened and how my thoughts were only on Sutton and making sure that I protected him from harm, I considered how God’s promise is to protect his children and provide for them.

            Psalm 91:1-2 says, “He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow the Almighty. 2 I will say to the Lord, ‘My refuge and my fortress, My God, in whom I trust.’”  A child of God can have the security that no matter what they face, God will be there for them.

            Psalm 91:11-12 really spoke to me after my incident with Sutton.  It says “For He will give His angels charge concerning you, to guard you in all your ways.  12 They will bear you up in their hands, Lest you strike your foot against a stone.”

            I didn’t strike my foot against a stone, but I did strike it against a curb.  I should have fallen on Sutton which would have hurt him very badly.  But I didn’t.  Somehow I was able to get him far enough up that he landed on the grass and I was able to keep my arms stiff enough to keep from falling directly on him.

            I believe that ‘the angels’ God gave charge over me were also watching over Sutton.  They were able to bear us up in their hands and keep us from being hurt.

            Sutton is doing well and Papa is recovering.  All is going to be well because God had us in His hands.  Sure, I have had my moments of being sore, but I’m doing okay.  Sutton is doing great and getting along just fine.

In that same way, a child of God can be confident in knowing that God is watching over them.  Even when they trip and fall they can trust Him to be there for them.  I promise He will hold you in His hands.  God is good – All the time!

JESUS, JESUS, JESUS, there IS something about that name!

Christ only, always,

Bro. Paul