Protected From the Big and Small

Protected From the Big and Small

In May of 1995, a 34 year old construction worker by the name of Randy Reid, was doing some final welding on top of a nearly completed water tower in one of Chicago’s suburbs. At one point, Randy unhooked his safety belt so he could reach for some pipes. But at that same moment, a metal beam slipped off a nearby crane, and bumped the scaffolding Randy was standing on. The scaffolding tipped, and Randy lost his balance. He fell 110 feet to the ground below. In landing, he just missed a pile of rocks and construction debris on the ground. Instead he landed face down on a pile of dirt. A fellow worker saw the whole accident and immediately called 911. When paramedics arrived, they couldn’t believe their eyes. They found Randy completely conscious, moving, and complaining that he had a sore back.

Even though he went through such a horrendous fall, Randy still maintained his sense of humor. Because as paramedics carried him on a backboard to the ambulance, Randy asked one thing. He said, “Hey guys, be careful, will you? Don’t drop me.” When he arrived at the hospital and was examined by the doctors, and they discovered that the only injury he suffered was a bruised lung.

Friends, I think sometimes our faith resembles Randy. God protects us from harm in a 110-foot fall, but we’re still nervous about three-foot heights. By that I mean, we have faith that God will save us from hell and death, but sometimes we’re afraid that He won’t be able to protect us from the smaller difficulties that we are going to face this coming week.

“In him we live and move and have our being” (Acts 17:28 )

“In him all things hold together” (Colossians 1:17)

“He upholds the universe by the word of his power” (Hebrews 1:3)

“But as for me, I trust in You, O Lord; I say, “You are my God.” 
My times are in Your hand.” (Psalm 31:14-15)

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, 
and do not lean on your own understanding.
In all your ways acknowledge him,
and he will make straight your paths.” (Proverbs 3:5-6)

“Now to You, O Lord, who is able to do exceedingly and abundantly above all that we can ask or think according to the power that works in us.” (Ephesians 3:20)

Trust Him with ALL THINGS – BIG and SMALL!!!

Tom Rietveld
“Your Faith in a Mirror”

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