I might have shared this story before, but a few months back, my wife and I were trying to get a removable seat placed back into our van.  I cannot remember the requirement that caused us to put the seat back in the van, but it was probably some church event or trip in which additional people besides our immediate family members would be riding in the van.  In any case, we have not installed or removed this seat too many times, so each time, we have to relearn the process.  Unfortunately, it is not as easy as it sounds.  Inevitably, when such a convenience as a removable seat is added to a vehicle, the engineers often overestimate the ease of their mechanical setup or process, probably thinking, “Well, if I can do it, anyone can.”  Of course, we are not all engineers, and our minds often don’t work in a precisely logical fashion, so what may seem perfectly sensible and easy to a college-educated engineer with years of experience may not seem so simple to the average person.

Anyway, as usual, we struggled with the process of trying to understand the enigmatic diagrams, pushing levers, pulling straps, pivoting the seat back and forth, with lots of impressive grunts and plenty of sweat, but after about 45 minutes, the seat was no closer to being secured in its proper place than when we had first wrestled it into the van.  It finally occurred to me that I could probably ask for the Lord’s guidance or wisdom, and He would certainly help as He promises to do in scripture.  Miraculously, as soon as I spoke the prayer aloud, “Lord, we need a little help here,” I pushed on the seat at just the right angle, and it slipped into the right place almost without effort. 

There are many verses that address God’s offer of assistance or deliverance and praise for His faithfulness in assisting and delivering (2 Chronicles 25:8 ,Psalm 28:7, Psalm 40:17, Isaiah 41:10, Isaiah 50:9,  and Hebrews 13:6).  As I’ve drawn closer to God over the years (and He to me – James 4:8), I find that I rely more and more upon Him for all things.  I once believed that it was disrespectful to God to ask Him for the little things for which I needed help during the day, such as a prayer for a parking space to miraculously open up when I was running late, or assistance finding something important that was lost.  I’m not sure why I believed that I was only bothering God to ask Him for such things, but based on my research of the scriptures and based on the teaching of the Holy Spirit especially these last few years, I’ve learned that God wants us to come to Him for all things, big and small.  It is not disrespectful because He knows we are flawed, and many times, when we fail to ask Him for help, we end up expending so much more effort and time, when a simple little prayer spoken at the beginning of the event would have gained God’s power within us, His external assistance (as addressed in the verses above), and His wisdom which He is generous in sharing (James 1:5). 

With these three things aiding us at the beginning of a task, we will find that so many difficult things become easy.  Moreover, by thinking of Him first and by thinking of seeking His assistance first before we make decisions, develop plans, and leap into action, we are not burdening Him nor disrespecting Him.  We are, instead, learning to place Him first in all things, which is a healthy step toward developing greater understanding, love, fear, appreciation, gratitude, and respect for our Almighty God.   

May you walk in the warmth and comfort of His Infinite Love this day. 
 


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02/05/2017 8:26am

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    I'm a retired soldier, having spent 23 years of my life serving our country, actually 30 years when you count the reserve and National Guard time as well.  I believe in servant leaders, following the example of our Lord, and I believe in giving back to the troops once one has attained a certain status or level of success in life.  But I also believe in fighting back against corruption and incompetence wherever you find it if it hurts people.  Our national values were worth dying for.  They are also worth living for.  A man or woman can actually live a life by these principles of humility, service, love, duty, and honor, and have a significant impact on the world around them...if you have the dedication to see it through. 

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