Posted by: trbccoffeebreak | September 15, 2022

A Puff Of Dust

“He who overcomes shall be clothed in white garments, and I will not blot out his name from the Book of Life; but I will confess his name before My Father and before His angels.”   Revelation 3:5  (NKJV)

When my husband and I moved from Florida to Virginia, we bought a little retirement home on ten acres on the slope of a hill. It’s so unlike our sunbaked house in the Sunshine State. Our land sits in the foothills of the Blue Ridge and has hundreds of trees on it. We’re at an elevation that seems like a lofty mountaintop to a long-time Florida flatlander. We often sit outside and listen to the birds chirping and the wind whispering through the tops of the trees. We love living here.

The only disadvantage that came with this little spot of heaven is the dusty unpaved road. From the road, the driveway slopes downhill to the house. With every passing vehicle, clouds of dust whoosh up, filling the air, then filter down toward us. We can sit in our deck chairs and watch the gray-brown cloud slowly float down and dissipate, eventually coating our cars and outdoor furniture. Thank God for water hoses.

Look at what the prophet had to say about dust. Jeremiah 17:13 says, “…Those who turn away from you will be written in the dust because they have forsaken the Lord…”

Imagine taking a stick and writing someone’s name on our road. The first puff of wind would blow that name away, to be seen no more. If there were no wind, the first car that came along would obliterate the name. And if there were no cars, the first passing dog would leave tracks, making the name impossible to read. That’s a pretty good illustration of having your name written in the dust. That name wouldn’t stand a chance.

Don’t we want to be among the overcomers whose names are in the Book of Life, not in the dust? I want to wear those white garments we’re promised in Revelation and not be concerned with a gust of wind that would take away my name. Thank God for the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross, giving us that assurance that, as overcomers, our names are safely inscribed in the Book of Life.

“Heavenly Father, we thank you that your love and protection are everlasting for those of us who have turned to you as our Savior and Lord. We thank you that we can know our names are in the Book of Life not to be erased, and that we belong to You.”


For His Glory


Cherie Harbridge Williams
TRBC Women’s Life

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