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Many people want to follow Jesus—at a distance. They aren’t about to get too close. Such people don’t know how much they are missing out on until it’s too late.

Pastor Bill

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Anytime we don’t go with Jesus, we go against him.

Pastor Bill

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MY SHELTER

My jump partner hesitated a moment longer and then, with a loud howl that echoed off the surrounding hillsides, leaped out into the fast-moving stream of icy water. He disappeared beneath the water briefly and then came to the surface, letting out another screech as he gasped for air, his arms flailing about him like a mad man.

I am guessing I was probably grinning from ear to ear at this point, even as I pulled in the line to keep it taut between us. My partner was quite a sight as he thrashed his way through the water towards me. I began to back up from the edge of the stream as he neared me. I certainly didn’t want him splashing any water on me, as if I might have dried out in the past few minutes after making my plunge into the stream!

As my friend drew close to shore his feet suddenly struck the gravel bottom and he stood upright, then lunged ahead and came out of the water. He careened up the bank and flopped down into the grass, sucking in large quantities of air as water drained off of him.

“Wow! That is really cold!” he gasped.

“No! You don’t mean it!” I responded with an appropriate grin on my face.

“Let’s get goin’ and head down the trail. I want to get my blood flowing again,” I said.

My partner sat up and untied the long jump rope from around his waist as I coiled it up. Within a matter of minutes we had the rope stowed, had slipped into the heavy packs once more, and struggled to our feet. As we headed down the trail there was just enough of a breeze blowing that our wet clothing felt all the colder. The sound of water squishing in our heavy boots was the only sound other than our heavy breathing as we walked steadily along, our eyes fixed on the trail in front of us. Oh, to be warm and dry again! I wanted to get in some shelter.

We find the word “shelter” used often in the Bible. One of those places is in Psalm 91:1, where we read the words, “Those who live in the shelter of the Most High will find rest in the shadow of the Almighty.”

There is no rest like that which comes in knowing that God is our protector, our “shelter,” and that One who journeys through every moment of this life with us. I hope you are experiencing His grace, love and His shelter today.

Prayer: Lord, thank you for not only providing me shelter in this life, but for being my Shelter. Thank you for your grace, your love and your care. In Jesus’ Name I pray. Amen.

Pastor Bill

 

 

Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright 1996, 2004. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Wheaton, Illinois 60189. All rights reserved.

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If we will choose to spend time in prayer with Jesus, He will prepare us for all that is ahead!

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Prayer is the natural expression of the heart in times of trouble. ~ Dr. Gerald Johnson

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Remain alert and conscious of what Christ is doing around you. Don’t miss out.

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Don’t allow yourself to fall asleep, spiritually. There is too much at stake.

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