Have you ever had God deliver you out of a near-fatal accident? Or save you from what looks like an impossible situation?  I sure have, many times.

It was a hot summer day here in Arizona. Everybody was in and out of the stores as fast as they could go to avoid getting over-heated or worse yet, having a heat stroke. I had just unloaded my grocery cart and was about to hop into my car when in my mind I heard my favorite TV lady preacher say, “Don’t just leave the grocery cart for someone else to pick up. You take it to the storage place.” I wanted to scream at her, “Well, you have no idea how hot it is here. You do it, then!”

Of course, my conscience bothered me, so I got out of the car, but instead of taking it to where it belonged, I just aimed the cart toward the cart rack and gave it the biggest push I could muster. Away went that grocery cart flying like a bullet, careening straight toward the car next to the cart rack! I saw what was happening, mumbled under my breath some not-so-nice words, and ran for all I was worth to keep the cart from crashing into that car. At the last second, when the cart was less than an inch away from the car, I rescued it, took a deep breath, and gently led the cart to its proper place.

I paused in the midst of the heat in a puddle of sweat and tears, but very grateful. I praised my dear, precious Savior for once again rescuing me out of my own self-centered path.

My friend, He will be there for you every time. Sometimes He allows things to happen to us that can be devastating, and we feel we are being crunched, yet He always has a purpose and a plan in it. The good fruit that comes out of this pruning often brings a river of blessing to others who are going through dry places in their lives.

Below we have a grape vine that is being pruned. From this cutting comes pain, but also growth so that grapes will grow lush and abundantly. I hear Jesus say, “As long as you stay within My plans for you, I will cause the pain that you experience to transform into a river of blessing in a dry land.”

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