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Time to Lean on the Rock

Posted on May 22, 2013 in General Ministry, MMI, Patient Stories, Volunteering | 0 comments

“Bow down Your ear to me, Deliver me speedily; Be my rock of refuge, A fortress of defense to save me.” Psalms 31: 2 During times of crisis, we have been given instruction to lean on God for strength and refuge….why is it so hard?

Tragedy is difficult, sometimes overwhelming for us all to fathom. Seeing the pictures of the devastation in Oklahoma is the latest reminder of how fragile our lives really are. These poor people were fine one second, and the next, their whole lives changed forever. It could have been any of us and I believe that it is a reminder for us all that God has encouraged us to seek Him, let Him be our rock when times of tragedy occur.

It’s interesting that we all move to God when a time of crisis happens and then slowly over time, we begin to drift away. Why? It’s not because we are all inherently trying to ignore others, but we are human and prone to get caught up in our own lives and anything happening elsewhere doesn’t affect us. Guess what? It does affect us!

We have all been given special gifts of intelligence and God has empowered us to make our own decisions. He loves us all, and is in pain when bad things happen. He also expects us to use our gifts to help those in need. Not just now, but always. Everything we have, has been given to us by God. It’s a gift, one that is ours to use as we determine. These gifts have an expiration, when that time occurs, we will be at the mercy of God for help.

If you think about it, we may lose many of our gifts during a horrific storm. We may lose our health at some point and become reliant on others to live our daily lives. The truth is, we don’t know when this is going to happen, God does. So what does all of this mean? Make the most of what you have been given to positively impact those around you, while you can.

It can be as simple as helping the family down the street that is in need. It may mean traveling to another area to provide help and love. The decision on how and where to help is yours, just be sure you use the gifts that you have been given to make a positive impact. We have seen first hand that the more you give, the more you get back in return. God doesn’t make this a hard thing, in fact, He rewards us all in ways that you can only experience when you do it. I tell people all the time that we have people that go to help others, and they return realizing that they were more impacted than those they went to serve.

At the very most, let us never forget that God is there for us all. Being “there” means that He will provide others to help us during times of crisis, and at times, use us to help others in need as well. Consider yourself a “piece of the rock” for which others can lean. God has provided us the resources, gifts, and skills, and it is our calling to use them to provide love and support. Seek God’s guidance through prayer. He will be there for you, are you there for Him?