This is a cool little thing that happened when I was at work but never made mention of it till now. But was rolling back from break near the east wall of the office. To the west is glass windows and to the east is a wall. Yet stragely I was rolling past this wall back to my designated area when I saw what looked like a shadow on the wall that looked like stair steps. And someone had obviously had arranged something upon their desk that made this shadow upon the sun going down near the west window. Then recalled reading this few days earlier as a part of my daily reading plan
—I will add fifteen years to your life. And I will deliver you and this city from the hand of the king of Assyria. I will defend this city for my sake and for the sake of my servant David.’” Then Isaiah said, “Prepare a poultice of figs.” They did so and applied it to the boil, and he recovered. Hezekiah had asked Isaiah, “What will be the sign that the Lord will heal me and that I will go up to the temple of the Lord on the third day from now?” Isaiah answered, “This is the Lord’s sign to you that the Lord will do what he has promised: Shall the shadow go forward ten steps, or shall it go back ten steps?” “It is a simple matter for the shadow to go forward ten steps,” said Hezekiah. “Rather, have it go back ten steps.” Then the prophet Isaiah called on the Lord, and the Lord made the shadow go back the ten steps it had gone down on the stairway of Ahaz. [2 Kings 20:6-11]
The story hear in 2 Kings was King Hezekiah was sick and suffered the heavy hand of God from pride and not only this the city was under siege by the Assyrian army. So when Hezekiah humbled himself and entreated the Lord his fate was changed.
What happened was God had delivered Hezekiah and the city earlier from Senacharrib king of Assyria but Hezekiah like many of us can let victory tempt pride:
—So the Lord saved Hezekiah and the people of Jerusalem from the hand of Sennacherib king of Assyria and from the hand of all others. He took care of them on every side. Many brought offerings to Jerusalem for the Lord and valuable gifts for Hezekiah king of Judah. From then on he was highly regarded by all the nations. In those days Hezekiah became ill and was at the point of death. He prayed to the Lord, who answered him and gave him a miraculous sign. But Hezekiah’s heart was proud and he did not respond to the kindness shown him; therefore the Lord’s wrath was on him and on Judah and Jerusalem. Then Hezekiah repented of the pride of his heart, as did the people of Jerusalem; therefore the Lord’s wrath did not come on them during the days of Hezekiah.
2 Chronicles 32:22-26 –
We see though that Hezekiah even though he messed up turned to the Lord with a right heart by humbling himself. This is how we also must respond too when we goof up or sin. Hezekiah was a good king but was not without his sins, but here we see how his heart responded when he realized his error and he repented.
Do not lurk like a thief near the house of the righteous, do not plunder their dwelling place; for though the righteous fall seven times, they rise again, but the wicked stumble when calamity strikes.
Proverbs 24:15-16 –
Being righteous is not just doing right, but also there is a great deal to be said about how we respond when we blow it and fail. Do we make excuses and rationalize our sins away? Or do we own up and humble ourselves and say “Lord I sinned and was wrong”