By Sandy Kirby Quandt
When I was in junior high school, my English teacher read us The Monkey’s Paw by W. W. Jacobs. In the story three wishes are granted to the owner of the monkey’s paw with disastrous consequences. The theme of the story? There is an enormous price paid for interfering with fate.
To this day, multiple decades later, I still remember that story and it still creeps me out.
Be careful what you wish for…it just might come true, was what I got out of the story.
I wonder…how many times have we wished for something only to find if God hadn’t intervened and stopped us the consequences would have been disastrous?
How many times have we taken matters into our own hands, rushed ahead of God, and later wished we hadn’t?
How many times have we twisted what we read in the Bible, bent it to our own plans and liking?
While wishing on the monkey’s paw in the story was an awful thing to do, we don’t need to fear praying in God’s good and perfect will. He is the One who can do immeasurably more than we could ever dream, hope, or desire.
When times seem frightening or spinning out of control we need to remember who to put our trust in. We can trust the God who will not fail. The God who holds us when we travel down unknown paths. The God who will never abandon us.
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The Lord says, “I will rescue those who love me. I will protect those who trust in my name. When they call on me, I will answer; I will be with them in trouble. I will rescue and honor them. Psalm 91:14-15 (NLT)
I wish you well.
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