|This was such a blessing to me, that I thought I would pass it on…Lilliet
Some time ago I was eating at a Mexican fast food restaurant. As I stood in line for service, I noticed in front of me a very poor elderly lady who looked like a street person. When it came her turn, she ordered some water and one taco. As I sat in the booth right next to her, I couldn’t help but observe and be moved with compassion toward her. Shortly after I had begun my meal I went over to her and asked if I could buy some more food for her lunch. She looked at me and angrily asked, “Who are you?” “Just a guy who wants to help you,” I responded. She ignored me. I finished my meal about the same time she did, and we both got up to leave. I felt led to give her some money. In the parking lot I approached her and offered her some cash. Her only response to me was, “Stop bothering me.” Then, she stormed off.
Immediately, the Lord showed me that this is often the way many of us respond to Him. When He calls out to us, seeking to bless us, we act as though we don’t even know Who He is. We respond to His offer of blessing by asking, “Who are You? What do You want from me?” The Lord, being the gracious God He is, continues to try to bless us. Yet we react by saying, “Stop bothering me.” We walk off, just as this lady did, missing out on the rich blessings of the Lord.
It’s not the absence of problems that gives us peace; it’s God’s presence with us in the problems.
In Psalm 145:18 (NIV), we read, “The Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth.” James 4:8 (NIV) admonishes us, “Come near to God and he will come near to you.”
Thank God that we can, without hesitation and with full confidence, lean on His eternal faithfulness.
– John Mason, from the book An Enemy Called Average
God is Not Your Problem; God is on Your Side.