It felt like 200 degrees outside, a normal spring HOTlanta afternoon and I had just enjoyed a nice lunch with one of my great friends. An e-mail came through on my phone that made my blood boil. When questioning my business partner about the stupidity of the request, she replied, “Friday the 13th?” Not one who believes in superstition I laughed it off and wondered how my day would indeed turn out. Less than five seconds later, I felt my car give a slight jerk as I thought “that’s strange.” As my eyes rolled to the temperature gauge, the needle was climbing above HOT and smoke was now coming from under my hood. My immediate words “Help Me Jesus!” as I silently thought Lord please do not let this car stop on the interstate; let me make it to an exit…PLEASE. My request was granted and I eased into a parking lot downtown.
In the midst of my panic and upset, God’s still small voice yearned for me to talk to him; however, I chose to gain sympathy from others and ignore him.
He will regard the prayer of the destitute, and not despise their prayer. (Psalm 102:17 KJV) Instead of calling on God and having a much-needed conversation with him, I called one of my friends. Next, I called AAA to tow my car. It was blazing hot in my car and sweat was dripping from my eyelids. Needless to say I was hot and mad…with nowhere to direct my anger. I called one friend after another to vent about my car breakdown and question how could this happen. I’m just going through so much! WHY MY CAR??!! Frustrated I blabbered, “God has just blessed me with some well needed pocket change and now I have to use it on this.” That still small voice was still yearning to be a part of my conversation but all I could mutter was “Help Me Jesus” as I continued to dial friends’ numbers. It was sooooo easy for me to express my frustrations to my friends but I was having trouble sharing them with the problem solver. I went to a hotel lobby to cool off and wait on the tow truck and kept avoiding his voice by talking on the phone. Later as I rode with the tow truck driver home, he was playing gospel music and my soul was encouraged; yet, I evaded that still small voice. I got home feeling discouraged and ashamed that I put talking to God on the back burner.
“In your distress you called and I rescued you, I answered you out of a thundercloud…” Psalm 81:7 NIV God is always there for me in the midst of my turmoil; but I as I reflect on my behavior during this and other stressful times, I know that my approach isn’t what He desires. I talk to people but fail to talk to God first (if at all) even though I know he’s concerned, wants to hear from me and can resolve all of my issues.
Forgive me for not seeking You first. I know that You are my problem solver and You make the arrangements in my life. You have given me a direct connection to You so before I talk to anyone else, remind me to be obedient and talk to You first. I know that You want to hear from me. Help me in my prayer life and to remember that You are the supplier of my needs and the grantor of my desires. There is nothing that I can have or do without YOU! In Jesus’ Name, Amen!
To everyone who picks up the phone instead of dialing Jesus on the main line, EMPOWER yourself to talk to the one who can fix it all. Know that you can never tell Him too much. Share your troubles with Him knowing that ALL things work together for the good of them that love the Lord. EMPOWER yourself to listen and be obedient to His voice.
Ms. Chancee` Lundy currently resides in Atlanta, GA and is an entrepreneur as she is the co-owner of Nspiregreen, LLC an environmental consulting firm. She is also a dedicated daughter, sister, friend, community servant, and child of God. She is passionate about causes that truly uplift the community. This week she is leaning on Proverbs 3:5 Trust in the Lord with ALL your heart and lean not on your own understanding.