March 18, 2008

Prop Us Up On Our Leaning Side

Every time I am asked to pray, I think of the 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.

Sometime 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.' "

~Author Unknown


8 comments:

The Hermit said...

I could use a little propping up sometimes myself.

rockync said...

I like that; think I'll copy that to my little book of inspirations.
Good one, Jan.

Jan said...

Hermiit..me too. :)

Jan said...

rockync..thanks, to you, too.

I'd like to see your collection of inspirational and motivating tid-bits! :)

rockync said...

I'll email some of them to you in the next day or so. Got to go to jail tomorrow! LOL!

Jan said...

rockync..I'm glad I know what you're talking about! LOL

Lydia said...

Hello Jan, Thank you so much for sharing this lovely post with me. I can totally relate to it. I feel like this often. It's so true that we need to pray so that we can get help to stand upright again, once something brings us down. Many times when we feel nothing will help us get back to how we were, we surprisingly do through the help of god.

Jan said...

Lydia..you are welcome.

It's good to know that He is always there to help us, no matter how big or little the problem, isn't it? :)