To the Editor,
At least once a week I make my trip to the store to get what I need. This one time I kept trying to decide if I should go that day. The trouble trying to decide caused me to go on. Am I ever glad I finally listened to that feeling, and went on!
As I entered, I stopped off at the bathroom. It was maybe two minutes later someone stepped just inside the room. She said, and these are the exact words or really close, “Oh Lord, please! I can’t take anymore!” She must have realized someone else was there, for a minute or two, she prayed down low, and more calmly, and then left.
Right away I was so glad I had listened to that little voice. If I had not gone, I would have missed a very special blessing. This lady was showing me Romans 10:17 by sharing her faith, because “faith cometh by hearing.”
Maybe someone had just hurt her feelings one too many times. Did she just take it silently again, or had she exploded in anger? Either way, she may have remembered the words of advice in James 1:19 to be “swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath.”
My study Bible says anger is not God’s way. Sometimes I think it’s almost impossible to not get angry. This lady had just been given a hard way to go by someone else, or maybe something, like a sickness. This lady reacted by getting alone with God as quickly as possible. And it sure did seem to work! She began to calm down. I will never know exactly what sent that lady to the bathroom for a quick prayer for help. I do know who she considers to be her source, her giver of help.
I bet she has heard Psalm 121:1, 2. “I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. My help cometh from the Lord, which made Heaven and Earth.” From where comes my help? My help comes from the Lord. Life sure can get harder more times than others. You may feel like you’re being tested past the limit of what you can stand up to.
I think this lady felt like that. She turned to a prayer for help from the God she still believes in. This takes strength that comes from the heart and soul so deep that only God could have put it there. Philippians 4:6-7 says, “Be careful for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”
My study Bible says being careful for nothing means do not worry, and supplication means what the lady in the bathroom was feeling in her heart. Giving thanks is something we all need to do more of. To be thankful and to have peace in your heart. What more could you want? Amen.
Mary C. Albertson