Summary: This looks at faithfulness. How important is it to be faithful to your post of duty? Whom shall God send? Can God count on you to standfast at your post of duty. Refuse to take the coward's way and run away? God needs you.
BEING THERE… MY HANDS…
By Wade Martin Hughes, Sr. Kyfingers@aol.com
WHERE DO WE FIND GOD?
I have learned that I find Jesus is some of the strangest. I love to study nature, bees, birds, and ants. I have laid on the ground and watched the ants and been amazed. Linda knew my love of ants and for college graduation in 1974 she got me a gold cross and this cool little ant farm. For hours we would watch the ants make tunnels and rooms. I found God’s hand in that little ant farm.
Proverbs 6:6 Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise:
There was this little bird hopping around our patio. He would hop up the steps and sit and watch me. I noted he could not fly? One day I was watching him and he was watching me. I heard him with my heart. He told me he was hungry? (Just call me crazy?) We would talk back and forth and I told him I understood he could not fly anymore and I appreciated the songs that he would sing to me. I said: You sing, and I will feed you. He would come to the patio door and sing. One day I somehow understood he was thirsty. So I got a little pan and put some water. He was so happy. I put a larger pan and he took a bath. I would sing to the bird, and when I was lonely I would talk to him.
The bird was afraid of the cat. So I placed the bird where the cat could not catch him. I learned to love that little bird. I so enjoyed giving him water and food. He would sing to me about God. Sometimes the bird and I would praise God together. Little bird taught me: TRUST GOD… GOD TAKES CARE OF SPARROWS AND GOD WILL TAKE CARE OF US.
One day I was taking some bread and seed out to my little friend. His lifeless body lay there. But the day before he spent a long time singing. I knew bird was THANKING me for befriending him. I never knew it was the last time we would sing to each other. I dug him a little grave and I stood and thanked God for the time that bird taught me a new attitude or angle about God. My time with the little bird taught me GOD IS SO GOOD. While God is so busy telling the sun to shine and the rain to fall. God loves little things, when I am weak, He is strong. I found God talking to a little bird. Wow?
WHAT COULD WE HEAR IF WE WOULD LISTEN?
The older I grow the sweeter God grows. The words CHURCH, HOME and FRIENDS are so special to me. Could we hear the VOICE of the Lord. The Lord needs you.
Isaiah 6:8 Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then said I, Here am I; send me.
The Lord needs you. There is a little child that feels like no one loves them. There is a teenager confused and making wrong decisions. There is a widow that feels so a lone. There is an older person peering out their window, they have their phone close. No one calls, no one visits. Depression is smothering? I heard a lady say: IF I WERE A DOG, SOMEONE WOULD LOVE ME.
I went to visit a retired preacher and his wife. I took them some food. Their television was silent and they were just sitting in their rocking chairs crying. I sat the food on the stove and sat down and I starting crying too. The retired preacher’s wife said: My husband has pastored over 60 years at 8 churches. We raised our children and they all live distances away. She said we prayed this morning that someone would call or come to see us. All our visitations, funerals, weddings and lessons and we never hear or see any one. Her words echo in my ears: DOES ANYONE HEAR? DOES ANYONE REMEMBER? Our organization, people and family never… MY HEART WAS BURST ASUNDER…
We cried a long time and my only REPLY WAS EVERYONE IS BUSY… BUT GOD… BUT WE ARE NOT HOME YET. Soon after this the wife passed away? A small funeral? Broken and spilled out:
WHOM SHALL GOD SEND. HERE GOD!!! HERE SEND ME… IT IS AMAZING WHAT GOD CAN DO WITH YOUR HANDS? COULD YOU BE THERE?
WHILE EVERY ONE DECIDED TO SLEEP A LITTLE LONGER --- THERE WAS A LADY THAT LEARNED THE LESSON OF HOW IMPORTANT IT IS TO THERE… MARY (MAGDALENE) AND THE OTHER MARY LEARN HOW IMPORTANT IT IS TO BE IN THE PRESENCE OF GOD… THEY WERE THERE…