A Giant Snake Stretched
Completely Across the Road...
Missionary mom, Marge Elam, told of the fears she wrestled with one night in the darkness of her jungle home. She could hear alligators calling out to one another in the night, birds, frogs and other creatures adding to the cacophony as she checked on her eight year old daughter sleeping nearby in her hammock. In her prayers Marge was telling God how dangerous it was for her daughter to daily ride her bike two miles to school. A memory of several days prior seized her at that moment. Her eight year old had come to her in anxious excitement telling how a giant snake stretched completely across the road on which she was riding her bike and she didn’t know what to do. She relayed with matter of fact confidence, “I just pulled up my legs and rode my bike over it.” Marge tried to reign in her thoughts and fears but for some moments all she could hear was her heart thunderously palpitating. God came and lovingly and powerfully reassured her: “I was able to take care of your daughter in the United States, and I am able to take care of her here as well.” That same assurance gave her peace for many years afterward that not only was God able to take care of her young daughter but of everything else as well.
The same God that attends the prayers of a missionary mother in a remote jungle village is the same God that sees and cares about your needs and anxieties. In His unfailing Word, he says “Cast all your cares upon me because I care for you.” What ever you are fearing, regretting, or suffering today, He invites you to bring Him your burdens. He has the answers you do not know, the wisdom you do not possess, the patience, love, and forgiveness you do not have. He says, “Call unto me and I will answer you and show you great and mighty things which you know not.” I am your “refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.”
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