Have you ever noticed that God finds you at just the right time?
We love dogs, always have. When Cathe and I were first married, we lived in a little trailer. The septic tank had just been installed but had not yet been inspected so it was uncovered. We were moved in, however, and had to use it.
A friend of mine gave us a dog he couldn’t care for. She was a hound dog, a big one. Daisy was her name and we were excited to get her.
When I picked her up at my friend’s house, she sat down on the front seat of my car and put her head in my lap. I thought that this was great because she was really affectionate- what a sweet dog. To my dismay, she wasn’t being affectionate. She was carsick and was throwing up, a lot; really a lot; all over me. I got home and turned her loose in the yard so I could clean up both myself and the car. While I was doing this she ran around the yard; she seemed very happy. At one point, though, I heard a large splash after she had run around to the back of the trailer. She had fallen into the septic tank.
The poor dog couldn’t get out, she was stuck fast so I got a ladder, climbed down into the tank and carried her out. It was thoroughly disgusting. I cleaned her up, fed her, showed her where her bed was then I went and cleaned myself up. I think I just threw away the clothes after all that.
The worst part about it was, the next morning she had run away. We never saw her again.
That’s so like us. We get ourselves into these situations in which we’re trapped; we can’t get out. The only one who can rescue us is God. He reaches down into the muck and mire we’ve stranded ourselves in and pulls us out. He isn’t afraid to get dirty to help us because He loves us.
Just like Daisy found herself unable to escape so we find ourselves unable to escape. We can’t escape the consequences of our actions. Sometimes we make so many errors that we just can’t fix all our problems on our own. I know this from personal experience because I’ve done it to myself many times. I’ve put myself in that spiritual septic tank and the only way out is for God to come rescue me. Have you ever been in that predicament? If you think you haven’t you’re fooling yourself and you’re probably there right now and just don’t realize it.
God’s grace finds us just when we need it the most.
Romans 5:1-11 describes this condition for us.
We are helpless without Him, trapped by the consequences of our own mistakes.
God realizes this, though, and reaches down to set us free. He climbs down into that muck and mire with us so that He can save us. Verse 5 tells us that God pours His love into our hearts through the Holy Spirit. He pours His love lavishly. God rescues us and fills our lives with His love through the gift of His Holy Spirit, living within us. He loves us so dearly that He gives us a part of Himself so we can feel His presence every day.
At just the right time, God sent Jesus to die for our sins giving us hope both in this life and for the life that is to come. Just like Daisy needed to be set free, so we need to be set free. Have you allowed God set you free from your self-imposed prison? Do you feel His presence each day as His Spirit dwells in you filling you with His love?
Rob Morton is minister of First Christian Church Middlesboro. Contact him at email@example.com.