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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.


Throwback Thursday: The Grinch Who Tried to Steal Christmas


Now when they had departed, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream, saying, “Arise, take the young Child and His mother, flee to Egypt, and stay there until I bring you word; for Herod will seek the young Child to destroy Him.”
Matt. 2:13 (NKJV)

He was much worse than the Grinch. He wasn’t green, and he didn’t have a dog named Max. He didn’t dress up like Santa to steal the Christmas gifts, decorations and roast beef from the folks of Whoville. He was an angry king who would stop at nothing to protect his title, even to the point of killing all the male children up to the age of two years. All of this was done in an attempt to kill the young Child, Jesus.

As always, God intervened, and Joseph was warned in a dream to take Mary and Jesus, and flee to Egypt. Our Savior, Jesus, was…saved. His life was spared so that one day, He could give it up on a cross in order to save us.

This is a perfect picture of God’s providence at work, and it is at work in the life of every believer. Christian, you are safe and secure in the hands of God. “This is the will of the Father who sent Me, that of all He has given Me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up at the last day” (John 6:39).

Friend, are you insecure about your salvation? Perhaps, you know without a doubt that you are not saved. This Baby that was born in a manger came into this world for one reason – to pay the sin debt for all who will believe. He was virgin born. He was fully God and fully Man. When you wholeheartedly trust Him, He will save you. That is the real gift of Christmas.

Dear Lord Jesus,
Thank You for coming to earth only to die for my sins. Forgive me, and cleanse me from all my sin. Help me to live for You and not myself. I trust You as my Savior, Lord, and soon coming King. Amen.

Read rom. 3:23, Rom. 6:23, John 10:28, 1 John 1:9.

Make sure you have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. If so, praise Him for His birth and His death on the cross. Tell others about Jesus!

Copyright 2014 Carolyn Dale Newell.