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Guide Dog Tales: When You Fall

When You Fall

The angel of the Lord encamps all around those who fear Him,
And delivers them.

Psalm 37:4 NKJV

Does your pooch find grass as fascinating as Iva? She carefully sniffs each blade like a human scrolling their Facebook feed to learn what happened overnight. You might understand my impatience in the pre-dawn hours as I waited for Iva to potty, so I thought I would assist her.

I speedily headed up the embankment to her favorite place to do number two. In that moment, I broke two rules for partially sighted folks. Don’t get in a hurry, and don’t expand the doggy bathroom, even in your own backyard.

The minute my foot hit the landscape border, I realized I wasn’t where I thought I was. Not only did I fall flat on my face, but I skidded through the gravel. On my face. Thoughts of scars raced through my mind. Thoughts of someone removing tiny pebbles from my cheek rushed in as rocks fell from my skin.

I found Iva’s leash, as she tried to make it better with kisses. I instructed her to find the steps. Once inside, I called for my husband. Tears began falling as I explained, “I’m bleeding. My lip”

Timmy examined me, and assured me I wasn’t bleeding. No cuts, not even a scratch. My hands weren’t even scuffed up. My coat didn’t even have any dirt on it. I couldn’t believe it!

I had fallen, but God delivered me. His angels didn’t break the fall, but they made sure nothing broke. Not a bone. Not even the skin.

Is this how the three Hebrews felt when they emerged from the fiery furnace without a hint of smoke on them?

We all slip and fall at one point or another. Some of us take physical falls, while others fall into a pit of despair. Some fall spiritually. You allowed yourself to linger longer around the temptation. Then came the sin. The fall.

David penned this psalm after he faked madness when the philistine king captured him. Prior to that, David had deceived the priest in order to obtain food and the sword of the mighty Goliath, the giant David slew.

David had fallen into the world’s ways while running from King Saul. Lying and worldly weapons would not protect him. Only God could do that.

God delivered David out of the hand of the Philistine king and eventually from King Saul. Friend, He delivers us too. His angels encamp about us as a hedge of protection.

The Lord is our deliverer. He will deliver us from harm. He can deliver us from brokenness. And yes, when we sin, He will deliver the genuine soul.

God delivers the one addicted to drugs, alcohol, food, or gambling. He delivers the one bound by depression. He delivers us from disease. He delivers the prodigals back home. Our God is a mighty deliverer!

Trust in the Lord. You are surrounded by angels.

Copyright 2018 Carolyn Dale Newell.

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Why We Need to Know Scripture

IMG_1756.jpgWhy We Need to Know Scripture

For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

Hebrews 4:12 NKJV

In the wild, it’s rare to see a dolphin jump out of the water, but he did, and I did. See him, that is. Shocked that fading vision caught this beautiful creature. Immediately, my attention turned to something more surprising. Iva saw the dolphin too. Her reaction stirred up laughter on the boat.

Iva whined, getting down on her front legs ready to jump right back at her aquatic playmate, like she does when she meets friendly dogs. We quieted her whines. Dolphins surrounded our boat, and Iva spotted them easily.

After our morning dolphin cruise, we entered a restaurant to fill our grumbling bellies with seafood. The hostess remarked, “I’ll have to check with the manager to see if the dog is allowed.”

I informed her about the law. As she spoke to her boss, I tried to coaxed Timmy to leave. This place did not deserve my money. Timmy wanted to force their hand. She seated us without another word.

We still ended up leaving without lunch, since they no longer serve shrimp. We went to another seafood restaurant where the waitress loved Iva, and the shrimp was delicious.

North Carolina’s Outer Banks must have a fake service dog epidemic. Vacationers bring their furry friend, especially if they rent a house. Then they want Fido to tag along with them into businesses. They go online to purchase a “Do not pet” vest. They may even get fake paperwork.

One gift shop displayed a sign which demonstrated their understanding of the American with disabilities act. It read:

“No pets allowed. Only service dogs. Be prepared to describe the service the dog provides.”

Genuine service animals are allowed in any public place. The ADA law states that disabled people are not required to provide any paperwork

The business can be handed fake papers, but they have the right to ask what duties the dog provides. Pretty obvious with blind people. I have found most businesses don’t fully understand the ADA law.

Similarly, Christians must have a vast understanding of the Bible. Two people go through a trial. One knows Scripture well. He memorizes verses regularly. He reads daily. He studies to understand what he reads. He prays the Word and speaks it over his life.

The other person never memorizes Scripture. His Bible is only cracked open on Sundays. His knowledge of Scripture is minimal at best.

Which person is going to know that God will give him grace and strength when he needs it? Which one knows God is always by his side fighting the battle for him? Which one understands peace that is incomprehensible? Which one will see joy in sorrow?

Knowledge is priceless. Wisdom is wealth. Needless to say, no amount of Bible knowledge saves a person. Salvation only comes from being born again and having a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.

We must immerse ourselves in God’s love letter. Get to know the god who knows you.