Spitting Out The Rocks

Thursday, August 14, 1997

Romans 8:28 – And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.

One day in early April about 15 years ago, when I was the minister on the North Shore of Cape Breton, my son was outside playing. It was a beautiful day and the warmth of the sun was melting the snow banks around the paved driveway.

After a time, he came running in the house to report what wonderful things were happening. All excited he said, "Dad, dad! I was drinking the water on the driveway (little rivulets were forming because of the melting sun) and it was so cold and sparkly… then I had to spit the rocks out." So I replied," That's all right son, you'll find that life is like that."

Being a Christian is not protection against illness or death or loneliness or despair unless we remember that Christ never promised that we would not be affected by them. God has said, "I will never leave you nor forsake you." (Hebrews 13:5) My Peter learned a valuable lesson from nature when he was three and a half, and he has had opportunity since then to use the lesson learned. You have to meet the obstacles and overcome them and move on with the help of our ever-present Saviour.

Prayer: O Lord, in Your providence You have decided not to prevent problems from happening to us, but rather that you would protect us in our circumstances and deliver us out of them. Enable us to see Your hand of mercy in even the worst things. In Jesus' name. Amen.

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Glenn S. MacDonald
Thorburn, Nova Scotia, Canada

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