At my father's house in the country there is a little closet in the chimney corner where are kept the canes and walking-sticks of several generations of our family.
In my visits to the old house, when my father
and I are going out for a walk, we often go to the cane closet, and
pick out our sticks to suit the fancy of the occasion.
In this I have
frequently been reminded that the, Word of God is a staff.
the war, when the season of discouragement and impending danger was
upon us, the verse, He shall not be afraid of evil tidings; his heart
is fixed, trusting in the Lord, was a staff to walk with many dark
When death took away our child and left us
almost heartbroken, I found another staff in the promise that "weeping
may endure for the night, but joy cometh in the morning."
in impaired health, I was exiled for a year, not knowing whether I
should be permitted to return to my home and work again, I took with me
this staff which never failed, "He knoweth the thoughts that he thinketh
toward me, thoughts of peace and not of evil."
times of special danger or doubt, when human judgment has seemed to be
set at naught, I have found it easy to go forward with this staff, "In
quietness and confidence shall be your strength."
And in emergencies,
when there has seemed to be no adequate time for deliberation or for
action, I have never found that this staff has failed me, "He that
believeth shall not make haste."
~Benjamin Vaughan Abbott, in The
I had never known, said Martin Luther's
wife, "what such and such things meant, in such and such psalms, such
complaints and workings of spirit; I had never understood the practice
of Christian duties, had not God brought me under some affliction."
is very true that God's rod is as the schoolmaster's pointer to the
child, pointing out the letter, that he may the better take notice of
it; thus He pointeth out to us many good lessons which we should never
otherwise have learned.
God always sends His staff with His rod.
Thy shoes shall be iron and brass; and as thy days, so shall thy strength be (Deut.33:25).
of us may be sure that if God sends us on stony paths He will provide
us with strong shoes, and He will not send us out on any journey for
which He does not equip us well.