The Roof Rake

April 30, 2021
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In my opinion, whoever invented the roof rake deserves not only all the money that they have made through this invention, but a medal as well. The amount of snow that we have experienced this winter has been phenomenal. Keeping ahead of it has been back-breaking. But keep ahead of it we did, and much of that has been due to the roof rake.

For those of you who dwell below the snow line, a roof rake has a slightly curved plastic head about twenty inches wide and six inches deep, which is attached to a long, hollow, metal pole, which in turn has two more metal poles which can be snapped on to extend the length of the rake's reach. This means that when the rake is extended to its full length, even a five-foot-tall person is able to reach up and pull heavy piles of snow off a roof in order to prevent it from collapsing under the extreme weight. How thankful I am that that was exactly what I have been able to do this winter, for it not only greatly benefited my roof, but it also benefited me. For as I was pulling all that snow off, I was also reminded of God's grace that He constantly extends to me — grace that allows me to reach new heights in the various situations of life that we all experience from time to time.

  • He extends His grace to me in illness, that I may persevere and still be His light amidst it.

  • He extends His grace amidst conflict, helping me to keep my mouth shut and my thoughts under control when I would really like to say hurtful and unkind things in return to those who are acting in unkind ways toward me.

  • He extends His grace in regard to granting more wisdom and guidance when challenging decisions must be made.

The list goes on and on, just as His grace goes on and on amidst any and all situations which may come our way.

Psalm 18:31-33 – For who is God besides the Lord? And who is the Rock except our God? It is God who arms me with strength and makes my way perfect. He makes my feet like the feet of a deer; he enables me to stand on the heights. (NIV)

These are things that He, and He alone, is able to do for every single one of us who comes to Him, asking in humility and faith.

So today, if you need an extension of God's grace in your life, it's there for the asking. So, get to it, and allow Him to enable you to stand upon the heights.

Prayer: Father God, thank You that there is none beside You. You, and You alone, are our Rock, our strength, our grace amidst any and all situations in this life. May we always be ready to acknowledge our need of Your help, that we may be lifted up by Your grace to stand upon the heights. In Christ's name, we pray. Amen.

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

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  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Thanks, Lynne. We can only say “Amen” to that!


    Hi Lynne, great post! Many thanks and God bless!


    Congratulations on #9,000!
    Keep up the good work!
    Blessings.


    Hi Lynne
    I very much appreciate your message today. Blessings.
    (Ont.)


    Thank you, Lynne, this has helped me this morning. I always look forward for your devotionals.
    Blessings.


    Thank you.
    I especially reflected on your thought, “grace that allows me to reach new heights in the various situations of life.” God Bless!


    Dear Lynne,
    Thank you so much for your inspiring and much needed devotional. It is so timely. I felt so blessed by it!
    Blessings and Gratitude.


    Good afternoon Lynn
    Very good words about the roof rake, we have one, also thanks for your reply to my Devotional the other day.
    Blessings.


    Thanks Lynne! I never cease to be amazed at how so many people can look at the simplest items in use every day and see a parable within. God Bless and keep up the good work.
    (ON)


    Dear Lynne,
    I think I will ask God to rake my brain to get rid of the debris from this last year, breathe deeply, and ask him to help me begin planting his word in it so I can grow deeper in his grace. Thanks.


    Somehow, I always know it is you before I get to the end, Lynne. Yours are always practical, (‘down to earth,’ I call it). They could’ve been written any century and they Get To The Point without razzle dazzle and shuffling around! They help me and I imagine your menagerie and homestead with great happiness.


    Hello Lynne, just wanted to let you know what you wrote is very close to my heart as well. I have been taught by one much wiser than I to get up every morning praying; Father I ask for and receive Grace for the day in Jesus’ name, Amen. My day is so much better covered in his grace. Thank you again for your sincere message.


    Ah, the roof rake rescue! Can I ever identify! We keep one handy just in case we get dumped on by the Great Lakes just North of us. Thank the Lord, we didn’t need it last winter. It’ll be stored away again until next winter. Thanks for this devotional reminder of God’s grace extended to us.
    For me, there’s even more gratitude for His unfailing mercy granted alongside His grace… for without His mercy, we’d be in really deep trouble! Blessings.


    Good morning Lynne,
    First off, “Congratulations” that your devotional today is the 9000th one published!
    Many thanks for this devotional and your special way of presenting the extension of the roof rake to the ever-present way the Lord extends His grace to us. He certainly is always there to extend His grace through never-ending love and care of us. As the roof rake relieves the heavy weight of snow from the roof, the Lord is there to relieve us of any burdens weighting us down and really deserves our continuous praise and thankfulness.
    Blessings for the special writings you contribute and may you have some relief of the snow situation now Spring is here.


    Good morning Lynne,
    Of course, I have not heard of a roof rake but definitely you needed one this winter. Just like we all needs God’s grace. Your examples were excellent, and we all have them each and every day. The wisdom to keep our mouths closed definitely we need God’s help with that one. I hope the snow is almost gone so the memory of this winter becomes just a blur and you have the most exceptional spring and summer when they arrive.
    We have been having rain which is helping to make up for the lack of snow in the ground this spring. It is very, very green here and hopefully building up a good water table below the ground. God hopefully is building up within us a reserve of kindness, gentleness, joy, love, empathy, and good will so that when we begin to interact with others, we will have an abundance. Thanks for sharing your experiences so explicitly. Blessings.


    Hello Lynne
    Thank you for this devotional. One example I can identify with and thankfully, do not follow through, because of Jesus. The one about hurtful words… oh yes. But God has a way of keeping my mouth shut. God bless


    How kind for you to GIVE SHARE what the Holy Spirit is leading you to do with others!!!! I felt like you were so close – just writing to encourage me!!! Yes, I owned/used/relied upon a “roof rake” once. Yes, only God helped me to not tell off someone a couple of days ago. Tonight, I feel such compassion for him.


    Dear Lynne
    Thank you for another encouraging read. I always look forward to your PresbyCan contribution. Love how you put your daily farm life into the lesson.
    Blessings.

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