Why are you so downcast, O my soul? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God. – Psalm 42:5


God knows the right thing to do for us—or to us. Here’s a story that illustrates this well:

A Norfolk-Southern train was traveling in Indiana. Suddenly the conductor spotted an object on the tracks. “That’s a baby!” he screamed.

Nineteen-month-old Emily Marshall had wandered away while her mom was planting flowers. The engineer hit the breaks, and the conductor raced along the ledge to the front of the engine. He then stretched out his leg and pushed Emily out of harm’s way. Afterwards, he jumped off the train and cradled Emily in his arms.

Emily had no idea why she had to endure a cut on the head and a swollen lip, but there was no other way to save her from an almost certain death.

Sometimes it’s that way in our lives. God nudges or bumps us to keep us from disaster that we don’t see or understand. But he’s right there to cradle us in his arms when we need it.

– Steve Arterburn

The finger of God was on me all day–nothing else could have saved me. – Duke of Wellington