We have the pleasure of having author Kathy Howard guest blog for us. Today she is sharing one of those Funny Family Stories with us and what God taught her between chuckles!
Lori & Becky
Stuck Tight in a Turnstile
We all have them – those funny family stories. The stories when retold bring peals of laughter from everyone. Well, almost everyone. Sometimes one family member simply responds with an embarrassed chuckle. That’s the way it is with our daughter Sarah and the turnstile story.
It was the last week of summer and time to get ready for a new school year. Back then we lived in a small town about 25 miles outside Calgary, Alberta. The kind of shopping we needed to do required a trip to the city. So the three kids and I piled in the mini-van and headed off for a day in Calgary.
We had almost hit the city limits when the smallest voice from the backseat announced he had gotten into the van without any shoes. Mom made a quick decision. We would not return home; six-year-old Mark needed new shoes anyway. Our first stop would be the sports store not far into the city.
It didn’t take long to pick out a nice pair of sneakers and socks and get to the check out. While trying to explain to the checker why I was paying for an empty box, I heard a familiar scream close behind me. Sarah, our 9-year-old, had somehow managed to get herself caught in the turnstile at the store entrance.
I can’t even explain how she did it, because I didn’t see it happen. The best I can determine is she tried to push through the turnstile on the wrong side where it spun under a crossbar. When she discovered she couldn’t get through that way, she tried to back out, but instead wedged herself between the turning tripod and the stationary crossbar. Head and shoulders hung out one side and lower half out the other. (I know you’re probably thinking I’m a horrible mother, but honestly I only took my eyes off her for a second.)
She wasn’t hurt, but she was mad. While she continued to scream, the rest of us couldn’t help but laugh – while trying to help her of course. But she was stuck fast. Her release required the manager and a special turnstile key.
Have you ever been trapped with no hope for escape? Held in slavery and in need of salvation? Just like Sarah’s turnstile prison, we’ve all been caught fast in sin with no way to save ourselves.
Yet, while we were still held captive, God called us out of the bondage of sin and into the freedom of holiness. Loosed from sin, we are free to be bound to God with cords of love and righteousness. Free to embrace the holy life to which He calls us. Free to embrace the Holy One Himself.
But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves to God,
the benefit you reap leads to holiness, and the result is eternal life.
Do you long for deeper intimacy with your heavenly Father?
According to Scripture, a close connection exists between living a holy life and experiencing God’s presence. Sin strains our relationship with God and creates distance, but holiness breaks down barriers and moves us ever closer.
Embrace holiness and be embraced by the Holy One!
We would love to hear one of your funny family stories and what God taught you in the midst of the chuckles.
Kathy Howard helps women live an unshakable faith for life by encouraging them to stand firm on our rock-solid God no matter the circumstances. Kathy, who has a Masters in Christian Education, has been teaching the Bible for over 25 years. Kathy and her husband have three children, a son-in-law, and one grandson. Find out about her books, Bible studies, and speaking ministry and get free discipleship tools and leader helps at: www.kathyhoward.org.
Embraced by Holiness: The Path to God’s Daily Presence, the new 6-week study by Kathy Howard, practically explores why believers should pursue holiness and how living a holy life will draw us into the circle of our holy God’s loving embrace.