lean on me…

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There was an old deacon who always prayed, ‘Lord, prop us up on our leanin’ side. ‘After hearing him pray that prayer many times, someone asked him why he prayed that prayer so fervently. He answered, ‘Well sir, you see, it’s like this… I got an old barn out back. It’s been there a long time; it’s withstood a lot of weather; it’s gone through a lot of storms, and it’s stood for many years. It’s still standing. But one day I noticed it was leaning to one side a bit. So, I went and got some pine poles and propped it up on its leaning side so it wouldn’t fall. 

Then I got to thinking about that and how much I was like that old barn. I’ve been around a long time. I’ve withstood a lot of life’s storms. I’ve withstood a lot of bad weather in life, I’ve withstood a lot of hard times, and I’m still standing too. But I find myself leaning to one side from time to time, so I like to ask the Lord to prop us up on our leaning side, ’cause I figure a lot of us get to leaning at times. Sometimes we get to leaning toward anger, leaning toward bitterness, leaning toward hatred, leaning toward cussing, leaning toward a lot of things that we shouldn’t. So, we need to pray, ‘Lord, prop us up on our leaning side, so we will stand straight and tall again, to glorify the Lord.”

As we follow Jesus’ life in the New Testament, we find that in His hour of need, His disciples all ran away and God turned His back on the sin Jesus was bearing for us. I am so glad that He is there for me, Oh, how He loves you and me!

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4 Replies to “lean on me…”

  1. I grew up in rural southern Minnesota (but not on a farm). Saw many barns leaning and crumbling at the base. Yet, it seemed, they rarely went down. They withstood the tests of time and refused to fall over because of it. With Christ, may we always do the same.

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