DayBreaks for 8/18/17: Bronzing Your Flip Flops
From the DayBreaks archive, August 2007:
The Associated Press ran a story recently about a Virginia woman says she’s still alive because of 2 things: her faith and her flip-flops. It seems that Marie Drackert was watching the weather on television in her York County home July 29th of this year when a bolt of lightning came down her chimney and shot out through her fireplace. The lightning fried appliances and sent a jolt of electricity through her body.
Ms. Drackert says that it was the rubber in her flip-flops that kept her grounded and her faith kept her going, even though the impact from the lightning strike was so strong that she believed a plane had crashed into the roof of her home.
The lightning blew out Drackert’s washer and dryer, television, telephone, stereo, microwave oven, toaster, coffee pot and a brand-new air conditioning unit. Parts of her home’s floor and walls were also damaged. After ravaging her home, the bolt shot out and damaged the homes of two neighbors as well.
Drackert says she’s thinking about getting the flip-flops bronzed.
I don’t know this lady and I’m not making judgments about her faith, but I found the story interesting. I’m not sure what she meant when she said her faith “kept her going”, but instead of getting the flip-flops bronzed and instead of crediting them for saving her life, maybe a bit of praise and thanksgiving are in order. After all, does she really think it was the flip-flops that saved her life, of the grace of the good Lord? It could have just been the press that didn’t mention the name of Jesus in the article (that’s a very real possibility!), but when things like this (and things bigger and smaller) happen to us as believers, the more credit that we give to the Lord, the better. The world needs to see the power of the Almighty God and to understand that nature is not God, and God is not nature. There’s a reason He’s called “supernatural”. He is far above nature – and can control it at will.
I find that I often flip-flop between acts of faith and praise and acts of cowardice and discontent. I pray to have those kind of flip-flops removed. They don’t deserve to be bronzed.
PRAYER: Jesus, please remove the flip-flops from my life that I can be a more consistent witness for You. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Copyright by 2017 by Galen C. Dalrymple. ><}}}”>