This is the Day…Wednesday
January 27 2021
Trust Your Grip
My parents moved into their new, two-bedroom home on June 5th, 1960. The house was built by Mr. L.L. McLean, a builder in Gastonia who had also built most of the other homes in our neighborhood. I was six-months old and have only heard stories of how my family of six was able to adapt to living in a home that size. Years later, Dad renovated the carport area into a nice den, bathroom, and laundry room, but those first few years must have been challenging.
When I was in my early twenties, I received a call from my Dad regarding the next big project he needed to complete on the house. After more than twenty years, the roof shingles needed to be replaced. My Dad asked if I would be willing to help him with the job. My Dad was not the type to hire someone to do a job that he could do himself and I knew that if I did not help, he would still do the job on his own. However, I was very willing to help him and learn more about how to do roofing work.
We began the job one Saturday morning. I helped Dad pull out the ladders and gather the hammers, and tacks. Anxious to get started, I grabbed a hammer and immediately began climbing the ladder toward the roof. Before I was half of the way up, my Dad stopped me and asked me to come back down the ladder. At that point Dad taught me the first and most important lesson to roofing. “Don’t trust your feet, trust your grip.” Dad went on to explain to me that, roofers do not die by falling. It is that sudden stop at the end that ultimately gets them!
Dad made a good point. It is impossible to grab and hold on with your feet. But if you have a firm grip on something that will not move, even if your feet slide away, you will not fall off. I remembered that tip throughout our roofing job. Several times, my feet slide on the slick, angled roof. But my grip was sure and protected me from falling.
I think that rule also applies to other areas of our lives. Trusting our footing can be dangerous at times. Life can put us into some slick situations where, one wrong step could cause us to stumble and fall away. Sometimes we can even be blinded by times of worry and anxiety which may cause us to wander off the edge. It is only a firm grip on the rock of our salvation that will protect us from harm.
“The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; My God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.” (Psalm 18:2)
On this day God has given you, make sure your grip is secure. There are some slippery days ahead and our footing cannot always be trusted. Hold on to the rock of your salvation so that, regardless of your footing, you will not fall, you will not fail, and you do not have to worry about that sudden stop at the end.