On Ground Level

February 4, 2004

Isaiah 42:16 – I will lead the blind by ways they have not known, along unfamiliar paths I will guide them; I will turn the darkness into light before them and make the rough places smooth. These are the things I will do; I will not forsake them. (NIV)

On a recent business trip, my usual room was not available at my favourite hotel, but I was given an equally comfortable room by the very friendly staff. I discovered, however, that there was a difference between the two rooms which wasn't immediately noticeable.

Prior to retiring, and ready to spend some time with God's Word, I looked for the Bible that I usually find in the night table drawer. To my dismay, it wasn't there. I looked through the desk and through the chest of drawers, but there was no Bible to be found. Making a mental note to let the front desk know in the morning so that they could replace it, I hoped that the person who took it was enjoying it to the full.

The next morning, as I bent to put on my slippers, I spotted the missing Bible. There it was, holding up the head of the bed, replacing the little leg, which had fallen off.

My first thought was one of indignity: how could anyone use/abuse a Bible in that manner? My second thought was that this was a wonderful and graphic demonstration of how resting on God's Word keeps us level-headed and on even ground, even when we aren't consciously aware of it.

That Bible had kept my bed level all night, and allowed me to have a restful sleep, whereas, if it hadn't been there, my rest might have been less comfortable, and I may not have even known why.

I did suggest to the front desk folks that maintenance should look at how the bed was supported, but, all day long, I was aware of, and comforted by how much God provides for each of us. I praise God for His care.

Isaiah 2:3 – Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob. He will teach us his ways, so that we may walk in his paths. The law will go out from Zion, the word of the Lord from Jerusalem. (NIV)

Prayer: Gracious heavenly Father, we praise and thank You for Your constant and ever-present help. We thank You for watching over us through each day and night, and for making the rough places smooth. We pray that we can become more aware of You in our lives, as we strive to walk closer with You each day and in all ways. Amen.

About the author:

Deb Saffin
Cranbrook, British Columbia, Canada

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