A pastor volunteered to read to a blind student named John. One day, the pastor asked him, “How did you lose your sight?”

“A chemical explosion,” John said, “at the age of thirteen.”

“How did that make you feel?”

“Life was over. I felt helpless. I hated God,” John responded, “For the first six months I did nothing to improve my lot in life. I ate all my meals alone. One day my father entered my room and said, ‘John, winter’s coming and the storm windows need to be up—that’s your job. I want those hung by the time I get back this evening or else!’

“Then he turned, walked out of the room, and slammed the door. I got so angry. I thought, ‘Who does he think I am? I’m blind!’ I was so angry I decided to do it.  I felt my way to the garage, found the windows, located the necessary tools, found the ladder, all the while muttering under my breath, ‘I’ll show them. I’ll fall, then they’ll have a blind and paralyzed son!’”

John continued, “I got the windows up. I found out later that never at any moment was my father more than four or five feet away from my side.”

Sometimes when we want to run from the God we love because we feel that we cannot do what He asks of us, we need to remember this truth. Our Heavenly Father is never far from our side. He will stay close to us even in our most difficult times.

 The will of God will never take you where the grace of God cannot keep you. – Unknown Author

Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder