DayBreaks for 8/18/17 – Bronzing Your Flip Flops

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.  ><}}}”>

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DayBreaks for 05/19/11 – Praying for Lightning

DayBreaks for 05/19/11 – Praying for Lightning

Can anyone understand the spreading of the clouds, the thunderings of his pavilion? 30 Behold, he scatters his lightning about him and covers the roots of the sea. 31 For by these he judges peoples; he gives food in abundance. 32 He covers his hands with the lightning and commands it to strike the mark. 33 Its crashing declares his presence; the cattle also declare that he rises. – Job 36:29-33

I have a little 2-year old granddaughter who is terrified of lightning.  That wouldn’t be such a big deal if she lived in California, but she lives in a part of the country where lightning storms are frequent – and severe!  When the storms come, my son will awaken, get out of bed and go into this precious little girl’s room where he will find her sitting up with the covers over her head, too afraid to move.  He crawls into bed next to his daughter, pulls her close to him and tells her that it’s okay, her daddy is there and he won’t let the lightning hurt her.  Soon, safe and secure in his arms, she is sleeping peacefully, even as the storm rages outside.

Lightning and thunder can be pretty scary at times, but even they have a purpose. In everything there is some good – just as there is a season for everything!

When the lightning and thunder is flashing and crashing around us, we hope it will soon pass. But lightning serves a very important purpose!  Plants would die if it weren’t for the lightning!  For plants to grow, they need food from both the air and the ground. The food in the air is invisible to us, it is a gas known as nitrogen.  The problem is that the plants can’t use it in that gaseous form – it must be turned into nitrates. And by now you’ve probably figured out that nitrogen is turned into nitrates by lightning! When the lightning arcs and flashes across the heavens, the electricity makes the all-important change. If there were no lightning, there would not be enough nitrates, and all the plants would die.

Isn’t it amazing that what scares us, God uses to do something good?  What is happening in your life right now that is frightening to you?  Can you pray for lightning in your soul so God can use it to create food for your soul?

PRAYER: Hold us when we are frightened, Lord, and feed us through the events of the storm that we may grow and live!  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

COPYRIGHT 2011, Galen C. Dalrymple  ><}}}”>

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