The townspeople were in total despair. A fire, which started in a diner, was threatening to burn down the entire shopping district. They seemed helpless to do anything about it. Suddenly, a truck filled with farm workers came speeding down a hill toward the fire. The crowd moved back as the truck drove into the flames. The workers jumped out and beat at the fire with their coats, amazingly bringing it under control. The city fathers were so grateful for the men’s heroism that they gave to each a plaque and a $1,000 reward. After the ceremony, a newsman interviewed the driver and asked him what he was going to do with the money. Without a moment’s hesitation the man replied, “You can be sure the first thing I’m gonna do is to fix the brakes on my truck.”
Most do not look for, or welcome, difficulties – but when confronted with them we must do our best to “put out the fire.” At any time our “truck” can find itself in troublesome situation. What will we do then? Will we just mope and complain? Or, will we do our best to “put out the fire?” Life is filled with unexpected difficulties and we must be strong and courageous in confronting them. Unexpected family difficulties will arise. Unforeseen troubles in the church may surface. Personal crises can catch us by surprise.
When confronted with these difficult times remember, “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths” (Pro. 3:5-6). And remember, “There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it” (1 Cor. 10:13).
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Park Heights church of Christ
P. O. Box 107
1300 East Boynton Street
Hamilton, Texas 76531
“A friend is someone who knows the song in your heart and sings it back to you when you have forgotten how it goes.”