Don’t Drop Me

A few years back, news reports told the story of Randy Reid, a 34-year old construction worker who was welding on top of a nearly-completed water tower outside Chicago when he unhooked his safety gear to reach for some pipes. At the same time, a metal cage slipped and bumped the scaffolding he was standing on. It tipped, and Reid lost his balance, sending him to the ground in a 110-foot fall where he landed face-down on a pile of dirt, just missing rocks and construction debris.

A fellow worker called emergency services, and when paramedics arrived, they found Reid conscious, moving, and complaining of a sore back. As paramedics carried him on a backboard to the ambulance, Reid had just one request: ‘”Don’t drop me.”

Doctors later said Reid came away from the accident with no more than a bruised leg.

Sometimes we are like that construction worker in our faith; we trust God to save us from the long fall of our sins, then fret over the three-foot falls of everyday details. We may trust God with the big things we don’t understand, and count on Him for our eternity, but when it comes to trusting in Him for our Mondays, or the mundane details of paying the bills and taking care of our families, we have a much more difficult time.

The Bible is full of occasions where God did incredible miracles to prove His protection for His people, only to see those same people whine and complain a short time later that they were somehow out of the scope of His care. You need look no further than the exodus of the children of Israel from Egypt, where they saw God miraculously deliver them through the Red Sea, and then had the pity party of the ages because they perceived He had led them into the desert to die. Oh, how soon we all are prone to forget.

The point here is obvious. Trust Him. The same God you trusted your eternity to–the One who proved once and for all how much He loved you by sending His Son as a sacrifice for your sin–is worthy of your trust for all the details of your life. After you’ve enthroned Christ as Lord of your heart in an act of faith for salvation, you don’t have to crawl back up on the throne to run your daily affairs.

He won’t drop you, I promise. I look forward to seeing you Sunday!

–Pastor Ken