The Leap

April 3, 2019
by Lynne Phipps

Lamentations 3:25-26 – The Lord is good to those whose hope is in him, to the one who seeks him; it is good to wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord. (NIV)

This past summer, my brother, Jim, built us a large greenhouse. When he was finished, we all followed him inside the new structure to admire it. On either side of the doorway, he had fitted large plate glass windows which we had picked up years ago at a yard sale.

As we all stood inside chatting, my eighty-pound dog, Sophie, came running to see what was happening. Racing towards the greenhouse, she suddenly launched herself and leapt right through the plate glass, which hadn't been there that morning. Jim had taken pains to clean and polish the glass once he had installed it, which, unfortunately for Sophie, had made it invisible.

The whole episode occurred so quickly that everyone was momentarily stunned as she crashed to the ground surrounded by glass. Fortunately, however, when Jim had done the inside trim work to fasten the glass pane into place, he was short one strip, which meant that the window was held in place on only three sides, which allowed the glass, even though it broke, to spring out of place at the same time as Sophie hit it. Due to this fact, the glass flew away from her rather than into her, as it would have done if it had remained within its frame.

Discussing this horrifying episode later, we all kept coming back to the point that if the window had not been short one piece of stripping to hold it securely, Sophie's leap would have indeed had a very different ending. Though at the time, Jim had been annoyed that he could not complete the job, he was now overjoyed that only three sides had been fastened.

So often in life, I, too, have been annoyed at a certain circumstance or happening, and even ranted and raved to God about it. Yet in hindsight, my eyes have been opened to realize that there was a hidden reason — God's good reason — that things occurred or played out the way that they did.

How about you? Are you struggling with something that is annoying or puzzling because it hasn't all fallen into place the way that you had hoped or would have liked it to? If so, take a moment and thank God that He knows all about it, be it large or small. Then, take a deep breath, stay calm, and patiently carry on as He leads, trusting that in due time, it will all come together, just the way it should — His way.

Prayer: Father God, thank You that You know and care about all our circumstances and plans. Help us to trust You amidst all of them and to wait patiently for Your plan to unfold when things are not going the way that we want them to. In Jesus' name, we praise and thank You. Amen.

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Lynne Phipps <lynnephipps@hotmail.com>
Atlin, British Columbia, Canada

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1 Comment

  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Amen, Lynne.


    So encouraging. Thanks.


    As usual, a very good writing. Thank you.


    Love it! Thank you for today’s devotional.


    Thank you for a very special devotion this morning.


    So true, Lynne. Thanks for sharing and reminding us! God bless!


    Thank you, Lynn. It’s easy to think of many events in my life like this!


    Thanks for this vivid application of what might otherwise have seemed just another occurrence. Memorable.


    Glad that Sophie wasn’t hurt as bad as was possible.
    Great analogy,
    (CA)


    So true! Thank you for the reminder that God sees our path and the purpose, even when we don’t.
    Blessings on your day.


    Oh Lynne, thank God for the unhinged pane and that your dog is okay. Thank God that He provides a way when we face life’s challenges. Thanks for sharing. Blessings.


    Hi Lynn:
    I am so happy that Sophie is fine. God does work in mysterious ways.
    Thanks for sharing your thoughts on this matter as well. Very wise.


    Lynne thank you – been going through a challenging time and others have said similar things but to see it written made all the difference. The last paragraph before the prayer is now printed and placed in my bible.
    Thank you.


    Wow, what an experience. Yes, I too have seen where God’s timing is everything. I used to get a bit upset if I got delayed in going somewhere but after 7/11 I do not. I thank God for His timing is everything. Then when I get on the road I am in a much happier frame of mind.
    God is faithful!


    Dear Lynne, thank you very much for today’s devotional. It was a real blessing to me.
    It kind of confirms again that as Christian’s, we walk by faith and not by sight. God is so good to us, always preparing the way ahead of us because of His omniscience.
    Praise His name for He is worthy to be praised!


    Thank you
    Hi Lynne. This is the first time that I comment on the daily devotionals. Yours is a very appropriate message for me. I lost a very beloved cat ten days ago. She has left a huge whole in my life. Twice I have tried to get another cat and it hasn’t worked out. I believe that God is telling me to wait until I go through my grief. It is hard to be patient.
    Thank you again for your devotional.


    Hello Lynne,
    Thanks for another great devotional. So true that we have to see God’s reasoning and way when something in our life goes wrong or not the way we would like it. We must trust His love and care of us at all times and of course sometimes we get very impatient but in the end God’s way is the best way. Good news that your dog didn’t suffer any severe injuries with his encounter with the window glass.
    Blessings,
    (B.C.)


    So true. When my dentist was sick my Friday appointment was rescheduled for early Monday morning. Not being a morning person, I was not happy. But on Friday evening another filling fell out, meaning I could get both replaced at the same time! God is good!


    Dear Lynne,
    Unusual. And with a lesson. God was in the happening.
    I hope you will find another window or fill in the hole with wood. What will God do next?
    Keep writing.


    Good morning Lynn,
    I know that things will happen in God ‘s time in His way.
    On a more personal basis, it reminded me when we lived in Austria, I was looking for a new car, and I thought the glass door was open. It turned out it was just clean, and I walked right into it. I can remember the stunned faces of a couple of men in the showroom, just before I had a painful meeting with a plate glass door. Sore and a headache!
    Thank you for writing.


    What we think of as “mistakes” or delays very often are either God sent, as I think this one must have been, or used by God for a higher, often better purpose.
    Great devotional.
    Thank you.

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