Gee whiz! I am just back from the mailbox with a million things running through my mind only before I can even get the door closed Danny is demanding (yes, I am telling you the truth) that he has some things running around in his head and I need to write them down quickly before he loses them. Lord, why did you pick out this particular cat for me when you know I don’t have all the time I need already? And now he is telling me that he has some really good things to say if I would just listen.
Really, I know the Lord works in various ways, but isn’t this a bit ridiculous? What do you want Danny, you can see I am talking to the Father. Okay, okay I hear you saying He has already told you what I need to know. Say again – you mean He is telling you that I need new glasses because I can’t see what is right in front of my face. Surely, you must be kidding! Okay, okay, I give up!
First of all, He told you that we have our priorities all screwed up – He is saying that while, to be honest, we have some of them on a list we are always putting them on hold while we move our desires back to the top of the list. He is saying we have conveniently postponed them while we seek to serve our flesh first. And while we are doing this someone, we may or not know, is suffering and getting more and more desperate. Alright, Danny, did He tell you how we should go about seeking these people so we can help? He said we should sit down, be quiet and listen. Is that all He said? You know that I have very little time to just sit down; can’t I listen as well while getting the dishes out of the way? No, He says that my brain is always going over what I haven’t yet done and should, but at the same time I am adding another project to my ever-growing list. He told you to ask me – haven’t you ever heard of putting first things first?
Well, people, I finally did simply give up and sit down quietly, hoping and praying that the Lord would give me a simple clue as to what He wants me to do next. It seems to be the truth that you hear best when you deliberately tell your brain to take a break. It truly would be a blessing to walk down the street knowing that everyone you see would have a heart like yours; to see hundreds of smiling faces and know that even if there are handicaps that they are covered by the Lord’s love. Jesus, himself, has told us many times; in fact, it is written in our Bibles to “love one another.” Yes, I understand, we are not to sit down and wait for them to come to us; we are to use opportunities to seek them out and get to know them. I understand, but my time is already limited. “So is God’s, but He always stops to listen when you need Him.” Okay, Danny, I will go next door and see if my neighbor has time for a cup of coffee.
I hope I don’t get myself in trouble because of what Danny told me. It is true, however, as Paul knew. He left the instructions for us to follow – Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith (Galatians 6:10). And again, in Philippians – But I rejoiced in the Lord greatly that now your care for me has flourished again; though you surely did care, but you lacked opportunity (4:10).
Well, Danny, you were right. There was a problem and I hope the advice I gave will really help, but even so, I think I will put it on my calendar so I will remember to check back with her. She really is a very nice person and she doesn’t yet have a church home and family so I invited her to go with me next week. Everyone needs someone, you know, and the Word does tell us to love one another. No, I am not patting myself on the back, but I will try to do a better job of seeing things and setting aside some time for God’s work.
Can I sit down and rest now, Danny?