Matthew R. Perry

A Silly Fly

In Devotional on May 3, 2006 at 3:31 am

A silly fly!

(Gleanings from the Inner Life of Ruth Bryan)

I have just seen a silly fly, sporting heedlessly close to a spider's web, and most likely it would soon have sported into it–and have become fast entangled in the snare. But a friendly hand swept away the spider's network, and thus removed the danger; while the heedless, helpless fly, was equally unconscious of both the danger and the preservation.

Ah! then, I thought, perhaps it is thus often with me! In an unseen snare I had been almost heedlessly caught. But the seeing eye, loving heart, and powerful arm of Jesus are mine! He beholds the intended mischief, defeats the wily worker, sweeps away the entangling thread–and thus preserves me from disaster!All praise be Yours, dear Lord, for known and unknown mercies and deliverances! Oh, may I never knowingly sport on the edge of sin–or trifle with temptation.

"Though I walk in the midst of trouble, You preserve my life . . . with Your right hand You save me!" Psalm 138:7

(Distributed by Grace Gems.)

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