Secure path?


My friend, may I ask you a question? Wouldn’t a good plan on our part be to make provision for for things that may go wrong ahead of time? But, often it seems we are merely content to dwell in the security of the moment and pay the price, as always, at a later time.?

My friend, life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I’m Mark Brunner.

We have an artesian spring in our front yard. For years it emptied into a shallow concrete basis through which a steel pipe had been inserted. That pipe ran along side our house at about the four-foot level. A number of years ago I put an addition on that side of the house and, in the process of digging, uncovered the old line. I examined it and determined that it was in decent shape all the while knowing that, once the excavation and construction was completed, I would not be able to access the line again as it would lie beneath the addition. It would no longer be accessible if for some reason the line did spring a leak. Nevertheless, I felt secure for the moment that everything was well and, with a couple of flips of the shovel, I reburied the line. Of course, years later, the line did leak. And that leak occurred at the worst time–the middle of winter. It wasn’t long before our driveway was covered with ice and my security proved to be false.

A good plan would have been to make provision for that winter leak while I had the line in hand. But, I was content to dwell in the security of the moment. I paid the price, as always, at a later time.

The story is told of a monastery in Portugal, perched high on a 3,000 foot cliff and accessible only by a terrifying ride in a swaying basket. The basket is pulled with a single rope by several strong men, perspiring under the strain of the fully loaded basket. One American tourist who visited the site got nervous halfway up the cliff when he noticed that the rope was old and frayed. Hoping to relieve his fear he asked, “How often do you change the rope?” The monk in charge replied, “Whenever it breaks!”

We are often lulled into a false sense of security when we believe that as long as things are fine, there is no need to act. The old adage, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it may be charming, but there are often times in this life when God is standing beside us holding a wrench and expecting us to use it. His secure plans take into account yesterday, today and tomorrow. Ours often dwell in the moment. A better adage would be: “If it ain’t broke, make sure it stays that way!”

We pray. Heavenly Father, sometimes the dullness of life can lull us into a state of mind where we decide that the easiest path, safest and quickest is the best path; that things seem well enough, so we needn’t try to change anything. Forgive us Father when we stop looking around for things in our life that need fixing and would work better and in Your purposes, if only we were to ask You for Your help in making things better, even when it seems they are Ok. Give us eyes and ears to be alert to all the instances in life where Your work should and must be done. Thank You Father. In Jesus name we pray. Amen!

Therefore my friend, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry for itself; each day has enough trouble of its own. (Matt 6:34) This Passing Day. May this passing day honor our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and be a blessing to you and everyone you meet. Find a stranger and say hello. Don't let another day pass without your day blessing someone else.

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<thispassingday@gmail.com> From Beech Springs, God bless you for Jesus sake.

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