Higher Ground

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • June 7, 2018
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"Therefore, strengthen your feeble arms and weak knees. ‘Make level paths for your feet,’ so that the lame may not be disabled, but rather healed." - Hebrews 12:12-13

I was on my way to the airport when a car suddenly veered in front of us on the freeway. Ken slammed on the brakes, my chest restraint snapped, and my body tumbled forward. I landed on the floor! We quickly pulled over, and Ken carefully lifted me back in my wheelchair. Breathless and nervous, we waited to see if I would develop “sweats,” a pain-signal which indicates whether or not I’ve sprained or broken something. All seemed fine, so we cautiously proceeded on to the airport. Midway through our flight, my leg began to swell. When we arrived at our destination, an ambulance took me to the hospital where x-rays confirmed I had broken my leg. It was 3:30 a.m. by the time they put on a cast and released me to go back to our hotel.

To calm my nerves, I asked God if he would give me a hymn to sing. Immediately, I began humming, “Lord, lift me up and let me stand, by faith on heaven’s tableland; a higher plain than I have found – Lord, plant my feet on higher ground.” The next day I traveled onto Lancaster Bible College to give the commencement address. As I sat on the platform, the graduation program began with a hymn. The audience stood and sang – I couldn’t believe it! – “Still praying as I’m onward bound, ‘Lord, plant my feet on higher ground.’”

During the most difficult challenges of the day, God will give us an assurance of his presence through a phone call from a friend… a flower by our path… a butterfly flitting across the yard… or an inspirational song on the radio. Today, if you are facing hardship or heartache, ask God to open your eyes to recognize the many evidences of his nearness (II Kings 6:17).

Taken from Joni's Pearls of Great Price devotional.

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Thank you for this.
  • June 10, 2018
  • 5:01 p.m.
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