It said that just across the city along the time when the normal rush hour was over and most hurried people were at their destinations and those left on the streets were traveling at a more sane pace,  from around a corner onto a residential street a motor cycle was seen recklessly bobbing and weaving at an  alarming rate of speed. Losing control, the rider careened into a business man just getting out of car to go into his house. The impact was devastating and loud neighbors raced from their homes wondering, “what could have caused such deafening disturbance?”

At the point of collision, the rider was thrown to safety and the unsuspecting man was crushed between his car and the motorcycle.  He was bleeding profusely. His body was bent in a most abnormal position. People were screaming. His wife flew to his side hysterically. In the distance the sound of the EMS filled the air.

The jaws of life were engaged to extract the gentlemen from the wreckage.  Time was of the essence. The poor man was literally hanging between life and death.

It was a horrid sight. The rider on the curbside unaware of the ruinous desperate situation he’d caused.

He was carted off by the police as the  ambulance  seemingly flew to the nearest emergency room.

The prognosis was hopeless but the mercy of God prevailed.

After months and months of mending, the man was heard to say, ” I lived through it….. I lived to tell it!”

Some things can be like that wreckage. Everything mangled and broken, but in all that, God is there! We champion hardship and trials through the power of God.

Those problems we don’t ask for – those conditions that plague us – the disarray that seem to come from nowhere –  tormenting as we strive to do what’s required of us.

You are in the furnace but not alone. Burning the midnight oil wondering. Onslaughts  looking darker than a cypress swamp, taunting you to get out of the the spirit,  to take another way, secure just a little relief.

Take courage if you are standing at all, its God. In the den of lions it was God. When Steven looked up as the stones bombarded away his life he saw God.

He was there then and He is  here now and as He daily gives us the strength, to wait, to suffer, and to be still and know He is God.

Remember His promises: Isaiah 40: 29-32 – ” He giveth power to the faint and to them that have no might He increaseth strength. Even the youth shall utterly fall: But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up on wings of an eagles; they shall run and be weary; and they shall walk and not faint.

Psalm 91:14 – “Because  he has set his love upon Me, therefore will I deliver him: I will set him on high: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him and honor him.  With long life will satisfy him, and show him My salvation.

Psalms 32:8 – ” I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with My eye.

Does that mean no troubles,  or that we will side step pain and sorrow and all suffering, that we will have all wealth and health?  No- it means He has promised never to leave us or forsake us so in Him you can say, ” I lived to tell it.”

Humbly submitted,
Soldier of the cross