Thursday, October 31, 2013

God's Tour Guides--by Linden Malki

A child who was afraid in a dark and stormy night was reminded by her parents that God is always with her, to which she replied that on a night like this she wanted somebody with skin on. We are created to need each other; even in the perfect environment of Eden God said that it is not good for man to be alone.

In a fallen, broken world, it is even more important to care for each other. There are even scientific studies that show that people who have caring connections with others are heathier than those who don't, even with similar physiological test results. When we are facing tough situations in our lives, the first step to recognize our limitations. The apostle Paul learned to be grateful for an unspecified physical disability that made him aware of his need to depend on God rather than himself. When we learn to ask, He can work through us, lift us up and use us to in turn help each other. When we are lost on an unfamiliar road, the best help is a caring "tour guide", someone who's been there, done that. I find that I can relate in a special way to widows since John's passing. A friend with hearing loss is led to opportunities to work with children with hearing problems.

God is the ultimate guide! He offers us strength not only from a position of great power, but He also knows what we experience from the inside--knowing humanity not only as our Creator, but as our brother who has been here, done it all, and suffered more than any of us can imagine on our very worst days. But the suffering was a necessary step on the road to the Resurrection, the ultimate victory.

We've asking some hard questions the last few weeks; learning more about ourselves, each other, and God. This is the path we find in Hebrews 11:6: we can know that He IS, and that He rewards those who truly seek Him.

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