Psalm 18:6-8 NASB
In my distress I called upon the LORD,
And cried to my God for help;
He heard my voice out of His temple,
And my cry for help before Him came into His ears.
Then the earth shook and quaked;
And the foundations of the mountains were trembling
And were shaken, because He was angry.
Smoke went up out of His nostrils,
And fire from His mouth devoured;
Coals were kindled by it.
Psalm 18:6-8 NASB
Psalm 28:7 NASB
The LORD is my strength and my shield;
My heart trusts in Him, and I am helped;
Therefore my heart exults,
And with my song I shall thank Him.
Isaiah 64:1 NASB
Oh, that Thou wouldst rend the heavens and come down,
That the mountains might quake at Thy presence —
After carefully assessing the situation, the farmer sympathized with the mule, but decided that neither the mule nor the well was worth the trouble of saving. Instead, he called his neighbors together and told them what had happened…and enlisted them to help haul dirt to bury the old mule in the well and put him out of his misery.
Initially, the old mule was hysterical! But as the farmer and his neighbors continued shoveling and the dirt hit his back…a thought struck him. It suddenly dawned on him that every time a shovel load of dirt landed on his back…He Should Shake It Off And Step Up! This he did, blow after blow.
“Shake it off and step up…shake it off and step up…shake it off and step up!” he repeated to encourage himself. No matter how painful the blows, or distressing the situation seemed the old mule fought “panic” and just kept right on Shaking It Off And Stepping Up!
It wasn’t long before the old mule, battered and exhausted, Stepped Triumphantly Over The Wall Of That Well! that seemed like it would bury him, actually blessed him…all because of the manner in which he handled his adversity.
“And we know that All Things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.” Romans 8:28