Grandpa had twin mules, Nell ‘n Pearl. They were good mules n’ didn’t mind hard work. But if they got spooked, watch out! They’d take off runnin! Daddy often helped do the plowin’.

One day Daddy was walkin’ between Nell ‘n Pearl plowin’ the field. A storm came up ‘n a clap of thunder spooked ’em. Nell ‘n Pearl took off runnin’ with Daddy hangin’ on as best he could. When they got to the ditch, Nell ‘n Pearl came to a dead stop.  Daddy kept goin’ ‘n landed down in the ditch.  He was knee deep in slimy ditch water that had been there since the last storm.  It was hard for him to climb out cause his feet kept gettin’ tangled in the weeds, ‘n the briers latched onto his clothes. 

The storm was gettin’ worse ‘n worse.  Daddy was scared he was gonna’ get struck by lightin’ standin’ in all that water.  He started prayin’ askin’ God to help him get out of the ditch! All of a sudden he realizes that Nell ‘n Pearl are still there.  Daddy saw the reins danglin’ down.  He grabbed hold of ‘em ‘n yelled, “Giddy-up!” Nell ‘n Pearl started movin’ backwards pullin’ Daddy up the slick muddy side of the ditch.  By that time, the storm had moved on ‘n Daddy led Nell ‘n Pearl back to the barn.

We don’t know what kind of dead stops life will bring us. But we do know who’s in control ‘n who can help us get out of the ditch.

James 4:14 Whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away.

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