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Do You Have a Leaning Side?

Updated: Jan 24, 2022

Hebrews 11:1-3 (NIV)

Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. This is what the ancients were commended for. By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God's command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible.

I was considering this scripture the other day and being amazed at how huge the universe is and all of creation. I was considering how everything works together perfectly. Even in the times I am struggling as well as the times when things are bubbly. As I look back and see where god's hand has been -- CONSTANTLY BEEN -- in my life, I realize Psalm 16:8 is true. "I am ALWAYS at your right hand." Go ahead, sing it with me, now, "Leaning, leaning. Safe and secure from all alarms. Leaning, leaning, leaning on the everlasting arms!!!"

Recently, I saw something that Jantezen Franklin wrote. I share it here, with you, without permission from Mr. Franklin.

"A pastor of a small church would occasionally call on one gentleman to pray, and every time this one particular guy would pray, he would end with the strangest statement, 'And, oh Lord, prop us up on our leaning side.'

"Finally, the pastor pulled him aside, and he said, 'I love the way you pray, but I don't understand your little closing phrase. What are you talking about -- prop us up on our leaning side?' He responded, 'Well, Pastor, I'm a farmer. I live out on the farm and, you know, I live in the country. I've got an old barn, and it's been there a long time. It's been through a lot of weather, and a lot of storms, and a lot of bugs have eaten at it.'

"He said, 'I got to looking at it one day when I was riding on my tractor, and I noticed that it was leaning to one side. So I thought to myself, oh my goodness! The barn is leaning, and it's a matter of time before the whole thing falls.'

"He continued, 'So, you know what I did? I went and got some pine beams, and I propped it up on its leaning side.' He said, 'It still leans, and probably always will. But I propped it up on its leaning side. And it's not going to fall down because I propped it up on its leaning side. And I got to thinking about it.

"'When I was on the tractor, Pastor, and I was riding in the field, I thought about the kind of year I've had, and some of the storms I've been through, and some of the people that are bugging me, and eating away at my joy and eating away at my spirit. And I just got to thinking, you know, I'm still here! I'm still standing after all that stuff I've been through. The storms, and the howling winds -- they couldn't topple me. I'm still standing by the grace of God.'

"He concluded, 'From time to time, I find myself leaning. Leaning toward my old desires, leaning toward anger, leaning toward becoming bitter or hateful at the people who are bugging me, or leaning toward going back to the old habits and the old life I used to have. And when I feel myself start to lean toward that tendency, I just remember that old barn, and I pray out loud -- 'Lord, thank you for propping me up on the leaning side.''"

God bless,

Pastor Steve

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