Sunday, March 23, 2008

The Woman and the Caretaker

I can never overstate the importance of trusting God in our lives. Absolutely. Jesus died for our sins and rose again from the dead (1 Cor. 15). His sacrifice and provision are sufficient in every aspect of our life. However, it is effective only for those who place their trust in Him.

Here's the problem. Man is known to always put his trust on himself rather than on God.

Last night, I heard a story told by a pastor to thousands in a church service. It's the story of a woman who murdered her husband. She got imprisoned for life. Inside the prison, she befriended a caretaker who was tasked to bring caskets of dead bodies out of prison at the sound of a bell.

To escape from prison, this woman told the caretaker, "When the bell sounds again tomorrow, I'll go inside a casket that you'll bring out of prison. When we're already out and you begun digging, you open the casket so I can run away." The caretaker replied, "No problem." When the bell sounded, the woman immediately went inside a casket and closed it. Then, she felt the casket where she was in being moved out of prison grounds and buried into the ground.

The woman waited for the caretaker to open the casket. Minutes passed. Then, hours. She began to panic. Inside the casket, she lighted a match. Beside her, she saw the dead body of her caretaker friend.

"It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in man" (Psalm 118:8).

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