You ever think how many times we could have “bit the dust,” but…instead…we missed it by a hair. Have you ever, STOPPED, to THINK …when suddenly faced with a ‘near tragedy’…? O’my….there is a God? Or….God was sure looking after me this morning. I know that I have. Have you?
I once ran for my local City Council, and had exactly 30 days to un-seat a 35-year incumbent. I lost by 222 votes out of some 10,000 cast. Not bad, as a lot of people actually thought that I would win… as I did. And, I probably would have… had I had 6 weeks, instead of 4, to get the vote out. It was designed that was to keep the ‘outsiders’…OUT. But the FACT is….relatively speaking… I missed by a hair. Looking back… 30 years later…it was a blessing.
It is conceivable (think: Adam & Eve)… that I might have fallen victim to the same disease that so many politicians suffer with….. WII4Me. More specifically… “What’s-in-it-for-me.” I missed it by a hair…thank you God. More likely… I was saved by a hair.
Then there’s the fellow who missed his ride to the World-Trade-Center on 9/11, and subsequently lived to talk about it. He missed it by a hair. There’s all kinds of examples from the race-track results, the lottery, or the wheel-of-fortune…. All by a hair. The fact is… we don’t really miss anything by a hair. If anything, we are “saved-by-the-will-of-God.”
There is no such thing is luck, or being “saved by the bell.” Not so… unless God is ringing the bell. Think about it this way… we all have a separate… and different fingerprint (and nose print), and DNA. Every intricate detail has been pre-ordained by God. He has our number; He knows every footprint that we leave behind. Jeremiah 29:11 – For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Our every step is planned by God….it is we, the mere human, who doesn’t know how to “follow-the-plans.”
Instead, though… we choose the PERMISSIVE will of God, rather than the SUBMISSIVE will of God. Thinking: I’ll do it my way first, and if it doesn’t work… I might try His way. In other words, we have to learn things the hard way; which God allows us to do. But, because of His Love and Grace… He is the God of second chances; which is what we mortals call being “saved by the bell.”
Others, the wiser … may call it… “Saved from hell.” …Blessings… cjlb…2/17/17