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Finding Balance

January 6, 2020
by Karen Milam   —   Audio controls are below the devotional to listen to this devotional or to hymn music while you read

Proverbs 3:5-6 – 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 your paths straight. (NASB)

Crossing a high, fifty-foot-long, rickety swinging bridge during the pouring rain took prayer and balance. Dad's mill crew was on a mission of mercy to sick neighbours who lived, and were stranded, across the creek. They waited until the rain stopped, and then, the men each took a gunny sack with food, medicine, and other goods, and carefully found their footing on the bridge. Taking care not to lean too far to the right or the left, each man had to place his step solidly because of the threatening wind gusts. The Lord kept the men safe on the slick bridge, and observers prayed all the way. God's guidance directed them well so that they didn't teeter off into the raging waters. Mr. J was waiting on the other side of the river with his car.

Keeping our balance each day isn't always as breathtaking as crossing a swinging footbridge in the rain, but each step should be taken with as much care as possible. We have both inner and outer stability to consider, as we want to stay steady not only physically, but also mentally and spiritually.

The slick swinging bridge in the rain taught a good lesson of trust in God for workers and onlookers. God knew that the people on the other side needed food and medicine, and He faithfully allowed the men to cross safely to the other side. Intense drama generally isn't involved in our everyday life, but the need to trust God, even when doing little tasks, is important. Let's ask ourselves whom we are trusting. Wholehearted trust and acknowledgement of Him in small things will assure us that we are making the right choices and going the right direction in all things.

Prayer: Father, how grateful we are that during times of intense need, we can feel Your presence and see You at work. Amen.


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Karen Milam <karenbmilam@gmail.com>
Penn Valley, California, USA

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1 Comment

  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Wise and needed words, Karen.


    Thanks, Karen, for this encouragement to trust God.


    Thanks for a good word today Karen.
    Blessings.


    Thanks for sharing this instructive devotional with us. Blessings.


    As usual, strong message from strong visual. Thank you. Happy 2020.


    Amen, Karen. I can’t imagine my life without God in it. Blessings in 2020.


    Dear Karen,
    What a special devotional about trusting God. Thank you so much.


    Good morning Karen!
    This is a meaningful devotional for me.
    It is easy to forget that God is in the details of all we do, yet it is so easy to go along in my own way without acknowledging him in all I do.
    Thank you.


    Greetings Karen,
    Thank you for writing and expressing a very good analogy. Yes, our God is ever ready to help us through life situations in response to our faithfulness and trust in Him.
    Many blessings to you.
    (B.C.)


    O Karen – this brought me back to the long swinging bridge in Alaska when we were unsupervised kids playing beside a deep gorge over a swift creek. The others would wait till I was about in the middle, then grab the end and begin pushing it faster and faster, enjoying my screams and actually innocent of the very real possibility of my plummeting off down one side or another, to certain death. I feel a chill even now, thinking back. And yes, God was in it and here I am. ‘Balance’ is impossible in such a situation. The only hope is on God’s protection. Which would’ve been more reassuring, had there been adult supervision. Thank you for a very accurate devotional.


    Good morning Karen,
    During these days of threats and counter threats, it is good to take a good look at where our next step is going to go, and always ask the Lord for his guidance. Many people are walking on very rickety bridges for sure.
    Thank you for this good devotional.


    Dear Karen Milam,
    I’m thankful that you wrote as you did of people carefulness, and God’s great sustaining help.


    Dear Karen Milam,
    I’m thankful that you wrote as you did of people carefulness, and God’s great sustaining help.

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