Comments on an Accident
- September 4, 1777.
My Dear Sir,
---Poor little boy! it is mercy indeed that he
recovered from such a formidable hurt. The Lord
wounded, and the Lord healed. I ascribe, with you,
what the world calls accident, to Him, and believe,
that without His permission, for wise and good ends, a
child can no more pull a bowl of boiling water on
itself, than it could pull the moon out of its orbit.
And why does He permit such things? One reason or two
is sufficient for us: it is to remind us of the
uncertainty of life and all creature-comforts, to make
us afraid of cleaving too closely to pretty toys,
which arc so precarious, that often while we look at
them they vanish; and to lead us to a more entire
dependence upon Himself; that we might never judge
ourselves or our concerns safe from outward
appearances only, but that the Lord is our keeper, and
were not His eye upon us, a thousand dangers and
painful changes, which we can neither foresee nor
prevent, are lurking about us at every step, ready to
break in upon us every hour. Men are but children of a
larger growth. How many are labouring and planning in
the pursuit of things, the event of which, if they
obtain them, will be but like pulling scalding water
upon their own heads! They must have the bowl by all
means, but they are not aware what is in it till they
I am, &c.
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