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Tuesday, May 21, 2013


Puppydog and I go for walks in the morning. Usually I pray as we walk along. Sometimes I sing. Every once in a while I stop and pick up a lucky penny. This morning I noticed something I’d never seen before:  crosses surrounding the manhole covers on our street.

There are dozens of bible verses related to pits. Caution about going down into pits. Praise for God rescuing us from pits. The dangers and horrors of pits in general.

One of my favorite pit scriptures is Psalm 40:2:

He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand.

Man, that's a great verse! He lifted me out of the slimy pit. How much slimier a pit could there be than the sewer? And right there, on the manhole cover that keeps me from falling into the pit, like a protective force field, is a circle of crosses, reminding me that Christ paid the price to keep me out of the eternal pit. Crosses reminding me that it was Christ who gave me a firm place to stand, both on this earth and in the heavenly realms with Him.

For once I was happy to see how my tax dollars and utility payments have been used. I love that our local government and public utility companies have paid to decorate our pit covers with reminders of what Christ did for us more than 2,000 years ago.

Thank you, Jesus.

PRAYER: Heavenly Father, thank you for the reminders in this world of your love and plan. Thank you for lifting me up from the slimy pit and giving me a firm place to stand in your love. Amen.

WHAT ABOUT YOU? Do you have crosses trailing the edges of manhole covers in your town?


chris said...

lol... I will have to pay closer attention to these manhole covers and check it out!

Re: The slimy pit, sewer or gutter...

"Never sacrifice your class to get even with someone who has none. Let them have the gutter. Take the high road." Unknown

May God bless you today Carol :-)

From Carols Quill said...

@ Chris - I think you'll be amazed at the interesting street decorations. However, since you run, rather than walk, please be careful not to be too interested!

lynnmosher said...

Oh, my gosh! Carol, that is too cool! Don't you love it when you're surprised by little things like that? I loved your verses and Ps. 40:2 is one of my favorites. Great post! Thanks!

From Carols Quill said...

@ Lynn - thanks! So glad you enjoyed it.

chris said...

It's really more like a "jog" than a run :-)

Pam B. said...

I love the story of Benaiah who went down into a pit on a snowy day and killed a lion (2 Sam. 23: 20-21). David put him in charge of his bodyguard. I'm thankful for salvation and I hope I have the courage to follow Him anywhere.

From Carols Quill said...

@ Pam - I like that story, too. That book our book club read will be in my memory a long time. (by Mark Batterson's "In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day")