Monday, November 5, 2012

The Maple Syrup,

Yesterday morning as I walked by the basement door I noticed a big puddle of something. At first, I thought that Fur Ball had mistaken the hallway for the bathroom, but upon further investigation I saw that it was the jug of maple syrup that had spilled all over the floor! The jug was waiting to be taken downstairs, but instead got bulldozed over by a sack of potatoes. Well, needless to say, I had a very sticky situation on my hands, a big one!
After a couple of wet rags and several paper towels, the puddle decreased. But, the sticky was still there. I washed it down with a wet rag, over and over again.
This morning, I checked the maple syrup spot on the floor and discovered that there are areas that are still sticky! And, to add to that, there's maple smell.
Last night and this morning I read Psalms 91:

You sit down in the High God's presence, spend the night in Shaddai's shadow, Say this, "God, you're my refuge. I trust in you and I'm safe!" 
That's right-he rescues you from hidden traps, shields you from deadly hazards.
His huge outstretched arms protect you-under them you're safe; his arms fend off all harm. 
Fear nothing-not the wolves in the night, not flying arrows in the day.

I have thought about the maple syrup incident, and how it it similar to my life. I spill sticky situations all over the place, God leads me through them, cleans me up. Sometimes, I keep going back to the same spot and it's still sticky, even smelly. But, God's presence is always with me. He even walks with me through the sticky stuff and He keeps His arms outstretched around me to protect me. With each step of trust, I stick more to him than the situation. Sarah Young said it well yesterday:

When you don't know what to do, wait while I open the way before you. Trust that I know what I'm doing, and be ready to follow my lead. I will give strength to you and I will bless you with peace.

Say That Again, Jesus, steps of trust in You bring rescue, strength, and peace. You are mighty!

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