Salve for Souls

Monday, February 20, 2017


One snowy day as my sons, Daniel age nine and David six, played at a friend’s house I called their playmate's mother.
"It's time for my boys to come home for supper," I said.
None of us realized the snowfall had become a blinding blizzard. Their house was within sight of ours and the walk normally took less than five minutes. But as my sons stepped out into whiteout conditions combined with late afternoon’s dimness, they became disoriented and lost in a swirling mist. Before long, the driven snow blew into David’s eyes, making them sting.

“I can’t see! I can’t see!” he cried in panic.

“Pull your hat down over your eyes and I’ll lead you home,” Daniel shouted above the howling wind.

Taking hold of David, he led him step-by-step.

Waiting for my sons who were late for supper, I again called their friend’s mother. It shocked me to hear Daniel and David had left about a half hour earlier. One glance out the window ignited my fears. I threw on my coat to look for my sons.

They must be lost in the storm. People have frozen to death in blizzards. They’re just little boys. God help us!

I was about to rush outside, when a feeble knock sounded at the door. I flung it open to two snow-encrusted children. My arms wrapped around them.

Safely home, David helps Dad shovel out from the blizzard.
Thanking God, I gave my boys dry clothes and a warm meal.

I never forgot that incident, which I always believed had deeper meaning.

Unable to see, David had to trust his brother. “But there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother,” we read in Proverbs 18:24 (NIV). That friend is Jesus. When problems threaten to overwhelm me, I need to trust His lead.

I realized there is another application. After Cain killed his brother Abel, he asked God, “Am I my brother’s keeper?” (Genesis 4:9, NIV).

I believe this applies not only to blood relatives, but all of humanity. When God’s Spirit impresses me to lend a hand, say a word or even reach into my wallet, I am my brother’s keeper.

On that snowy day, Daniel could have run home to save himself, abandoning his panicked brother to the elements. Instead, he reached out, possibly saving David’s life.

That makes me think about the people I pass every day, especially those in my own household.

What personal storms are they struggling through? When God’s “gentle whisper” (1 Kings 19:12, NIV) prompts me to do or say something, do I just keep going?

My nine-year old son answered me by his example.

Tall snowdrifts in our back yard.
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