“I have stuck unto thy testimonies: O LORD, put me not to shame.” Psalms 119:31
When I was a child I constantly lived in a world of make believe. I liked to be by myself inventing worlds where entrance was only attainable by pressing the right piece of fungus growth on the side of the tree in my front yard. Sometimes I skated down the drive hoping to be chosen for the Olympics as I would hold my mom’s tape recorder and play my “Chariots of Fire” cassette tape. There was even one area next to our shed where I all I had to do was jump by the azalea bush and I could be in a princess world.
If you have ever seen the movie “A Christmas Story” and watched Ralphie daydream about shooting the robbers or coming home blind because of the soap his mom had put in his mouth, you have a picture of what the inside of my mind was like as a child.
I used to stand by my tether ball pole and slapped the yellow ball attached to the rope that ran from the top. I would hit it and then duck before it came back around. I did that several times while daydreaming. One day I was out there by that pole wasting time and procrastinating from doing my homework when I remembered that we had learned how to tie a noose at school that week. I stood there looking at the tether ball cord and thought it would be perfect to try out my knot tying skills.
I was a wee little thing back then so I stood a little wobbly on my basketball and worked at tying a good noose. I was an avid Saturday afternoon movie kind of kid, so I envisioned all the bad guys I could capture and hang at Tetherball Point. It was going to be awesome – or so I thought.
In my GREAT, immature, and VERY naive thinking, I decided I should try the noose out on myself.
You know what is coming, don’t you?
The white nylon rope and the perfect noose fit nicely over my little, sweaty, blonde head and onto my neck. I leaned forward while balancing myself on my basketball to see if it would tighten…
That’s when the basketball moved.
I don’t know how many milliseconds passed before I realized that I was choking, but I do remember getting really scared. I struggled against the rope and tried to get the ball with my toes, but I couldn’t. It was hurting even though the rope had stretched a bit and I was still too short to bear my weight on the ground. So, in my frantic search for salvation, I grabbed for the pole and wrapped my little legs around it and pulled myself up with all my might. I have never clung to something so tightly in all my life.
And, I lived. I don’t think I told my parents about what I had done until I was well into my forties. (Hmmm, wonder what my children have not told me?)
A young Sheri clinging to that pole was the image that came to my mind as I read today’s verse. Me, as a dopey little bucktooth, freckled face kid – clinging to that tetherball pole for my life.
The word stuck in verse 31 means to cling.
That is EXACTLY how we should behave with God’s Word. We should cling to It’s teachings, It’s examples and hold on to it for dear life.
This past week my youngest daughter tested positive for Tuberculosis. This was the same day my husband was in a car accident when he collided with a deer on the way to preach up in WV. This is also the same day my daughter in AZ called to tell me her check engine light was on in her car. This is also the same day we were hit with a financial burden. It was like a revolving door of trials and I was stuck with NO way out.
It has been quite a week as I was winding down school with my youngest son, preparing for all the ladies meetings I am scheduled to speak at and plan for the next four weeks that will have me zig zagging across the country to California and Canada and back before Sam graduates May 19th. To say that I am stretched thin is an understatement.
Instead of going into a make believe world and hunting an azalea bush to jump into and make my problems go away, I did what my mama and daddy have always taught me to do; I have clung to God’s Word. I have quoted It, read It, sung It and said It out loud. It has become a “tether ball pole” , if you will and I have clung to it for dear life.
I sure don’t want to falter when so much is at stake and the enemy is on the attack.
Though, truthfully, the act of clinging to God’s Word should be my reaction regardless of my situation. I believe that is how important God’s Word is and should be in our lives.
The psalmist cries out to God, I have STUCK to thy testimonies: O LORD, put me not to shame. And that is my prayer as well. I want to say, “Lord, don’t fail me now”, but you and I both know He is incapable of failure. He is in control.
“And Jesus looking upon them saith, With men it is impossible, but not with God: for with God all things are possible.” Mark 10:27
The reading of God’s Word reminds me that God is in control. It also reminds me of how Big He is and how much I can trust Him.
Cling to the Word my friends, your life depends on it.
“Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue (dwell) in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed;” John 8:31
PS. Amelia got the results just today from her TB testing and it turns out that she is NOT positive. Praise the Lord, Praise the Lord, Praise the Lord!
Until Next Time, Lord willing,
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Today’s reading: Numbers 29 / Jeremiah 5-6 / Psalm 115 / Luke 9