During my talks with God this week, I was reminded of a devotion I wrote in my second book. Before reviewing that, this blog could have a sub-title of :
Not Quite Right
If you happened to be walking behind me now and saw that I had written There Is No Z In Team, what would you do? I think our first reaction would be it’s not quite right but then the question becomes, do we have the courage to stop and point it out?
On our walk of faith, we will see many situations which do not appear to be quite right. Something is missing. Something unusual. Something strange. Something out of the ordinary.
I believe it is during these times, we need to quiet ourselves and ask God for discernment. God wants us to be near to Him and I’m sure God loves us when we come to Him for guidance!
My example from my second book happened on a day when I was driving east and in my rear view mirror, I could see a huge rain storm approaching. Maybe in about then minutes it would be in this area. I drove by an elderly woman sitting on a bus bench with a cart of groceries, waiting for the bus. In a matter of seconds after seeing her, God whispered, “Rick, what is wrong with you?”
Immediately, I turned around and parked where I could easily walk over and talk with her. I happened to have a giant umbrella in my car, so I took that with me. I first asked her if I could give her a ride, which she politely declined. I looked to the west and could see the storm approaching. I didn’t see a bus approaching.
I gave her my giant umbrella so she could be dry until the bus came. She opened it up and was able to cover herself and her groceries. As I left, I saw the storm getting really close and knew it would be a matter of minutes until it was here. I could also make out the outline of a bus coming in her direction so I knew she would not be in the storm for long. I could see her sitting under the big umbrella!
When things don’t seem quite right on our walk of faith, I pray that we will use that as a reminder to just stop and pray and talk with God about it. We are in that exact spot at that time for a reason. Had I continued my drive east, I would have totally missed the purpose of God’s plan for me and for her.
Let us communally pray for one another and lift one another up so in such situations we are action oriented rather than avoidance oriented. God will whisper to us. We just need to be still.
“The word of God does not belong to him who hears or speaks it, but to him who puts it into practice.”
– St. Giles of Assisi
“Remember that the Christian life is one of action; not of speech and daydreams.”
– St. Vincent Pallotti