"The LORD is good,
a stronghold in the day of trouble;
and he knoweth them that trust in
I'll never forget the day I looked out
living room window and saw Mark, our
walking home from school in the driving
Mark was in the third grade, and he was
to ride his bike to his grade school,
located right within our sub-division.
I happened to be home from the church
that day, and I was sitting in an easy
chair by the
I looked outside at the pouring rain
my boy in the distance,
trudging his way through the downpour.
His clothing was absolutely drenched
and his hair
was plastered against his head.
I opened the door for him,
and he looked up at me with a little
his face red from the cold.
"Hi, Dad!" he said. "You're home
"Hi, Son," I replied. "You're soaked to
"Yeah, I know."
"Umm, Mark, you know, if you'd ride
you'd get home faster. You wouldn't get
He looked at me rather sheepishly as
of rain streamed from his hair down
across his face.
"I know, Dad."
I was puzzled. "Well, Son, if you
why in the world didn't you do it?"
Then he hung his head, just a bit, and
it hit me.
Boy, did I feel like crawling under a
and hiding for a while.
He had told me several times before
that his bike
had a flat tire.
He had asked me if I could please fix
it for him.
I had promised I would, but never did.
I had forgotten all about it.
As he stood there in the entryway,
dripping and shivering,
he could have said,
"I couldn't ride my bike today because
someone promised me he'd fix it and
He would have had every right to say
But he didn't.
What he did say remains printed
on this dad's heart.
"Aw, Dad, I know how busy you are and
and I just didn't want to bother you
with it again."
I thought, Son, your dad isn't too
he's just too selfish.
For me, a bike tire was no big deal ~
just one more thing on a long
"to do" list.
But for Mark, it meant more than
It meant more than a long walk home
in the pouring down rain.
It meant trusting his father to meet
his every need.
After reading this little story, I
about the promises we make others
along the way.
Our days become hectic at times, with
many things pressing us to deal with.
And our "promises" made to our trusting
friends and loved ones diminish.
Then I thought about our Heavenly
and His promises to us.
He doesn't get side-tracked or put us
He is faithful and just,
and His promises are sure,
not to mention, on time!!
We should be thankful for the promises
"Trust in the LORD with all thine
and lean not unto thine own
In all thy ways acknowledge him,
and he shall direct thy paths."
"Blessed is that man that
the LORD his trust . . ."