by Tammy Phillips
July 1, 2021
Truly God is good… to such as are pure in heart. (Psalm 73:1 NKJV)
When movie or television writers retell a true story, they take artistic license. I am going to do the same in this narrative about the goodness, mercy, and lovingkindness of God.
It was 7:30 AM in the morning and I was finishing the difficult encouragement for yesterday where one of the focus verses was:
“I waited patiently and expectantly for the Lord; And He inclined to me and heard my cry. He brought me up out of a horrible pit [of tumult and of destruction], out of the miry clay, And He set my feet upon a rock, steadying my footsteps, and establishing my path.” (Psalm 40:1-2 AMP)
One of my closest friends called in a little bit of a panic. She asked if I could run by her home, pick up something she needed for work and bring it to her. She gave me the code to get into her gated community and told me where she had hidden the key to her house. When I arrived at her home, she obviously forgot to tell me that the key was in a precarious place. It was hard to figure its exact location. I could not contact her. When I finally got her on the phone which in reality was only minutes, she gave me more exact directions. I thought, “You called the wrong person for the job. I cannot do this. It’s out of my reach.” There is no way my 5’4” self is going to reach that key. Lord, help me was my simple cry and prayer. There was no chair in sight that I could stand on. I went to my car to look for anything to elevate me four to six inches. Nothing was found. When I walked back towards the key, I saw a misplaced, lone, large rock in the mulch. What was it doing there? Could I even lift it? I picked up the rock, carried it to the location of the key, stood on my tippy toes on the rock and was able to stretch to reach key.
You might think, “why are you telling this story?” Holy Spirt gave me a real time illustration of Psalm 40:1-2. I cried to the Lord. I was in a “pit,” a place that I could not get out without His help. He set my feet on a literal rock. Our Rock of help is Jesus. He gave me exactly what I needed, a rock tall enough and flat enough to steady my footsteps. He established my path. He made a way and showed me the way to go. My physical body had faith in the rock that I stepped on. Like God, the rock was more than enough to help me stretch in faith and body to reach the key that would save the day and unlock what we needed.
God blessed me in the interruption to show me His Good Self in a real way. He used me to bless her. She was so thankful for the help and kept apologizing for interrupting my day, until I shared with her the story that I just shared with you.
I enCOURAGE you! GOD IS GOOD! Need I say anything more? Call on Him. Trust Him. He will bring you up and out of anything. He will set you on a rock, steady your footing and tell you which direction to take. He will order your steps. He will prove to you that you can do all things and anything through Him because he will give you the strength and the way to go. Truly, God is good.