The Fire Extinguisher

Wednesday, May 6, 2020
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Isaiah 41:13 – For I am the Lord, your God, who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you. (NIV)

As I answered my ringing telephone, I heard a distressed sob as my daughter pleaded, "Can you come up to the house to help me, please?"

Quickly hurrying to the main house, and running up the stairs to the second floor, I was totally overwhelmed by what I saw. White powder covered everything in sight: the floors, the furniture, the stair treads, computer, printer, pictures, bins of paper, the rug. It was everywhere.

Oh, my goodness! What happened? The fire extinguisher, stored on the bottom shelf of the linen cupboard for easy access, had accidentally gone off. What a mess!

As a normally organized and efficient person, I was stunned. I just stood there looking at the scene, wondering how we were ever going to get this cleaned up and how to go about it. Everything in me just wanted to walk away. But that was not really an option. My daughter needed help. Her husband was just recovering from surgery, and with a two-year-old and a five-month-old to care for, as well as being a working mom, she needed somebody to help with this cleanup.

So, I did what I always do. I whispered a quiet prayer, asking the Lord to guide and direct us in the best way that we should go. And of course, He did, for as He, Himself, has said many times over through the truth of the Scriptures: "Do not fear; I will help you." (Isaiah 41:10,13,14 NIV)

Two-and-a-half hours later, we replaced the vacuum cleaner bag for the last time, emptied the pail, wrung out the mop, washed the rags used to wipe everything down, and placed everything back into the linen closet. A very overwhelming situation had been conquered and dealt with, once again with the Lord as our helper.

How about you? Are you feeling overwhelmed today by anything? Are you wondering how you will ever cope with what you are facing right now? If so, then I encourage you to whisper a prayer to the One who is always listening and waiting to say, "Do not fear; I will help you." And indeed, He will.

Prayer: Father God, thank You so much that we can count on You in any and all situations, large or small, to be there to help us for the asking. Encourage our hearts this day to fear not, but to trust in You for all the wisdom, guidance, and help that we may need. In Christ's name, we pray. Amen.

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  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Thank you.

    Thanks for sharing. God bless.

    Thank you for all the great messages we have received

    Thanks, Lynn. I’m a little overwhelmed today with a temporary situation so this is timely.

    Thanks, Lynne for such wonderful words of encouragement. (You are such a good storyteller, too.)

    This was a great devotional, Lynne, thank you. Perfect for the times, and perfect for me today.

    So good. Thank you. Forwarded to my daughter who lives in Idaho where things are not being taken too seriously. Keep safe.

    Thank you, Lynne, for sharing your explosive experience with us and how the Lord rescues us in our times of dire need. Blessings.

    Thank you for your devotional, and Isaiah 41:10-13 have been favorite verses for many years – and two different women helped me to memorize them!!

    Oh wow! I can just imagine! I know that feeling very well. How often I have said: Lord, I have no idea what to do here. Help! And quite simply, He does. Every time. How AWESOME is He!

    Grateful for this remarkably true story of wading through difficulty by going straight ahead in faith, Lynn. Really helps me today. (And not a horse or cat or dog in any of it) (though family details certainly fill in that ‘lack,’ dear Lynn). Thank you.

    I love how your daughter knew she could count on you for your help, especially considering all the considerations of her husband recovering from an operation and having two young ones. I also love how you prayed for whatever help God would give, whether extra energy, encouraging words, and perhaps a sense of humor. Thank you for sharing this story.

    Dear Lynne,
    Oh, what a sight that was for you to see but you immediately took the right action, “PRAYER”. Yes, we must be ever grateful that our Lord is always present and ready to give us help and guidance in whatever situation we face. Your faith certainly helped you and your family through a very exhausting job. Well done!
    Take care and blessings for your devotional writings.

    I’ve been overwhelmed more times than I can count lately.
    You are right. He always comes through, but I need this reminder.

    Good morning Lynne,
    Thank you for a good devotional.

    Dear Lynne,
    Thank you for a very practical devotion.
    May God keep you writing these – your specialty.
    I especially appreciate the prayer line: “Encourage our hearts this day to fear not.”
    For Jesus’ sake.

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