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The barbed wire gate was fairly easy to cross. It was wide enough to provide plenty of slack when I pushed down on it before stepping over. Apparently I miscalculated the location of one of the barbs. When I made it safely to the other side with my shotgun in tow, my right ring finger knuckle was bleeding profusely and throbbing painfully.

I held my hand away from my gun and my clothes. I have injured myself throughout my life, so I am used to seeing blood. My problem was that I had no way to stop the bleeding. I did not want to ruin the clean, white handkerchief in my back pocket. I didn’t really want to mingle my wound with the germs on my hunting vest. I finished walking the weedy corner with my finger dripping blood.

When I made it back to the truck, I looked for a remedy. I have never packed bandages. Maybe I should add them to the list of supplies needed on every quail hunt. I looked inside my ammo box. I found a couple of strips of gauze and a small roll of duct tape. Their intended purpose was to create another dog boot if one of the dogs lost a boot during the day.

I improvised. I wrapped the gauze around my bleeding knuckle before covering it with a couple of rounds of duct tape. It felt more like a splint than a bandage, but it stopped the bleeding! By the end of the day I was able to remove the makeshift medical treatment without causing additional bleeding. Another wound was on the mend!

God improvises to accomplish His purposes and build His kingdom. He patches together those who are available to take the place of those who are AWOL. His goals are too significant to put on hold when “specialized” individuals can’t be found.  

The will of the Lord will be done through those who remain dependent upon Him. Some people who are used by God become somewhat prideful of their abilities and their accomplishments. That pride makes them useless. God exalts the humble while bypassing the proud. God uses those who are present and willing, not those who are absent and reluctant.

Remain humble and available! Earl

  • This Sundays Sermon “Go Make Disciples” Matthew 28:16-20
  • Family Worship and LifeGroups, Sundays at 9:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.
  • Services are being posted on the church website, the church YouTube channel at FBC Weatherford Media, and on the church Facebook page at 9:00 a.m. each Sunday

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