Unless you were in my AWANA class last week, that title probably evokes a funny image without a back story.
So, here’s the story: a friend’s grandchildren live in Alaska. Two Sundays ago, the oldest was sledding in their yard and her squealing scared a young bull moose which attacked her. As the moose tried to trample her and the dogs tried to chase him away, God stepped in. And thank the Lord, the bull’s hooves never hit her…because the moose slipped on the sled she had been using. How about that? If God can protect a little girl from a moose using a sled, is there anything He cannot do or use for the good of His children?
I am convinced that most of the time we do not even know the depths of God’s protection or care because it is shown simply in the absence of the tragedy. Nine times out of ten, we don’t even know that we should be praying and that last tenth time – we don’t know what to pray for (Romans 8:26). I would have asked for the moose to be elsewhere. Or for the moose to be scared and run away. Or for a beautiful girl moose to lumber along at just the right moment...or something like that. But God had better ideas. No one prayed for protection but God answered anyway. He would go with this little girl (as He always does) and give her a point in her life to look back on and say: “This is what God did for me!”
Christ taught us not to worry by saying, “If God cares for the birds that roam the parking lots, don’t you think He will care for you?” (My Revised Version) Maybe it would also be fair to say, “Hey, don’t worry – if God can make a moose slip on a sled, what won’t He do for your good?”
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