“The woman gave birth to a son. They named him Samson. The boy grew and God blessed him.” Judges 13:24.
The Greek spelling of the name “Samson” is “Sampson.” the same way my maiden name is spelled. Samson had a unique immense strength—a gift from God. I am in no way strong as my “ancestor.” And, the older I became, I found myself becoming weaker. For that reason, I began to work out and concentrated on building my biceps, so that should I fall, I would be able to lift myself off the floor.
One time as I exited the bathtub, I slipped and fell backwards and landed on my back with my long legs dangling over the tub. After examining myself for injuries, it took me a few seconds to figure out my next move in the limited amount of space I had to rescue myself. It wasn’t possible to roll over and get on all fours to utilize my biceps and pull myself up to the grab bars. I thought, “What if I have to sit here until someone notices I am missing. And, that scene made me shutter. Fortunately, I mustered up strength, mentally and physically, and lifted myself onto my side, found the grab bar, and pulled myself up.
The moral of this story is not to build up your muscles for an emergency event, but to make sure you don’t fall in the first place.
Lord, give us strength physically and mentally to solve all our problems. Amen.