“…’Saved by the bell’…. Others, the wiser … may call it… ‘Saved from hell’…”

Image result for caricature: saved by the bellWe missed it by a hair. 

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  


About Charles Brooks

who is originally from Miami, Fla., moved to SC, holds two degrees from the University of SC. His business background is primarily in Real Estate Development (Motels, Hotel, Office Buildings, Restaurants, Residential) and Business Consulting. He currently is Managing Director of Brooks, Baker, Lehman & Kohlhepp - Investors in Real Estate and Mining, and has other business interests under the umbrella of Brooks Properties. FULL-TIME-MINISTRY: Fully engaged in spreading the Gospel of Our Lord Jesus Christ, with an emphasis on the Business Community.


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