Gerbil In The Grease

October 15, 2011
by Lynne Phipps

Psalm 145:13b-14 – The Lord is faithful to all his promises and loving toward all he has made. The Lord upholds all those who fall and lifts up all who are bowed down. (NIV)

I was busy working about the kitchen when I noticed Henry, one of our pet gerbils, sitting atop a stool next to the counter. A few moments later I heard a splash and then frantic scrabbling. The sound was mystifying. What was its source? Suddenly I knew. Grabbing from the corner of the counter a large tin into which I poured used oil, I witnessed a sodden Henry going down for the last time. Fortunately for him, I was able to grab his long tail and haul him out. As he huddled in a pitiful mess upon a kitchen towel, I gently soaped him up and rinsed him in warm water. As the grease disengaged from his coat, he raised his little head, straightened himself up and shook himself off. Henry was restored.

"The Lord is faithful to all his promises and loving toward all he has made." Henry fell into the grease because he was somewhere he shouldn't have been. He did not fall into the oil on purpose. His fall resulted from not knowing better. Sometimes this happens to us as God's children. We fall. We fall into situations due to ignorance. Other times, we fall into situations due to our own rebellious choices. Whatever the case, "The Lord is faithful to all his promises and loving toward all he has made. The Lord upholds all those who fall and lifts up all who are bowed down."

Today, you or I may be in a fallen state. We may be bowed down by a situation incurred by our own ignorance or perhaps by a rebellious choice. Whichever the case, let us remember that "the Lord is faithful to all his promises and loving toward all he has made. The Lord upholds all those who fall and lifts up all who are bowed down." Let us lift our hearts and eyes to Him who is faithful and allow ourselves to be restored.

Prayer: Lord God and wonderful Father, thank You for Your lovingkindness which endures forever. Restore us this day as we may have need, and bless us with a spirit of gratitude toward You, our Father, who loves us so. In Christ's name, we pray. Amen.

About the author:

Lynne Phipps <lynnephipps@hotmail.com>
Atlin, British Columbia, Canada

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