"The LORD is good,
a stronghold in the day of trouble;
and he knoweth them that trust in him."
Nahum 1:7
Too Busy
I'll never forget the day I looked out of our
living room window and saw Mark, our youngest,
walking home from school in the driving rain.
Mark was in the third grade, and he was allowed
to ride his bike to his grade school,
located right within our sub-division.
I happened to be home from the church early
that day, and I was sitting in an easy chair by the
I looked outside at the pouring rain and saw
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 smile,
his face red from the cold.
"Hi, Dad!" he said. "You're home early."
"Hi, Son," I replied. "You're soaked to the bone."
"Yeah, I know."
"Umm, Mark, you know, if you'd ride your bike
you'd get home faster. You wouldn't get so wet."
He looked at me rather sheepishly as rivulets
of rain streamed from his hair down across his face.
"I know, Dad."
I was puzzled. "Well, Son, if you know,
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 table
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 never did."
He would have had every right to say that.
But he didn't.
What he did say remains printed indelibly
on this dad's heart.
"Aw, Dad, I know how busy you are and everything,
and I just didn't want to bother you
with it again."
I thought, Son, your dad isn't too busy;
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 transportation.
It meant more than a long walk home
in the pouring down rain.
It meant trusting his father to meet his every need.
(Author Unknown)
After reading this little story, I started thinking
about the promises we make others
along the way.
Our days become hectic at times, with so
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 Father
and His promises to us.
He doesn't get side-tracked or put us on "hold."
He is faithful and just,
and His promises are sure,
not to mention, on time!!
We should be thankful for the promises of God!
"Trust in the LORD with all thine heart;
and lean not unto thine own understanding.
In all thy ways acknowledge him,
and he shall direct thy paths."
Proverbs 3:5,6
"Blessed is that man that maketh
the LORD his trust . . ."


"Lord Dictated Them"



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