Well Equipped

Never deny the insignificant things.  I had an experience today that reminds me just how amazing God is.  The experience reminded me that God may use any event, even the ones we see as insignificant or inconvenient for His purpose.  Okay, so let maybe I should go back and explain a little bit more.  It’s Saturday, my wife is out of town for the weekend at a family funeral so birthday party duty fell to me today.  My 4 year old son and I went out the day before and picked out the present which is a story in itself since it is for a 5 year old girl.  We wrapped the present Saturday, got all ready to go to the party at the YMCA and headed out into the car.  About 2 miles I realize that, like the typical guy I am, I had put everything into the car except the all important present.  So, back home we headed.  As we approached the intersection about a half-a-mile from home, I watched in astonishment as a red SUV blew the stop sign, T-boning the SUV directly in front of me rolling it all the way onto the driver’s side.  It was one of those times were everything seems to suddenly slow down.  I couldn’t believe what I had just witnessed.  Immediately, my emergency First Responder training took over.  I told my son to stay put and headed to the overturned SUV dialing 911 on the way.  The driver of the SUV that had been hit was trapped in the car but didn’t have any injuries.  I was able to make my way into the vehicle from the back and spent about 15 minutes in the vehicle talking with the driver and trying to keep her calm while we waited for EMS to arrive.  A few other witnesses had stopped and were also doing their best to help.  At one point while in “rescue mode” I remembered that my son was still in the car and thankfully, one of the other witnesses went to check on him for me.

The reason I was so blown away by the accident was not that I had seen it happen, but the circumstances surrounding my presence there.  I could have remembered the present, headed straight to the birthday party and never even would have known the accident had taken place.  Instead, I believe God used the insignificant present as a way to place me where he would need me at that moment.  Rescue training is not something that is easily forgotten, although I haven’t been a part of a rescue team for over 10 years, it is more reflex than conscious thought.  God knew the skill set I had been trained with and knew the accident would happen.  I’m sure he could have used someone else but he needed me to learn a lesson and be able to see myself in light of this situation.  I need to remember that God has equipped me for the challenges in my life.  I need to trust in the training just the same as I trust in my rescue training.

Hebrews 13: 21 says, may Christ “equip you with everything good for doing his will, and may he work in us what is pleasing to him…” Thank you God for the skills you have equipped me with so that I can do your will here on Earth.


The Struggle

The Struggle

Then the man said, “Your name will no longer be Jacob, but Israel, because you have struggled with God and with humans and have overcome.”

Genesis 32:28

Struggling with God is something that we all do.  It is a part of being totally human.  We struggle because we don’t understand, we struggle because we are angry or ashamed, and we struggle because we are afraid.  To be honest, I don’t think God really minds when we struggle or wrestle with Him.  He knows that sometimes, the only way to work something out is to fight through it.  Jacob experienced this one night when he was alone in the desert.  He was obviously going through something major because he wrestled with God through the entire night until the sun began to rise (Gen 32:24).  He wrestled so much and with such persistence that God realized Jacob was not going to give up so He wrenched Jacob’s hip to get him to stop (Gen 32:25).  Now, at no point do I believe that God wrenched Jacob’s hip because He felt Jacob would beat Him.  He is God after all, that would be like a toddler fighting against his father, there just isn’t any possibility that it could end up coming out in favor of the toddler.  I picture it like this, God knows we need to fight through our struggles so He lets us fight.  We fight with all of our might trying to prove our point and God, He pretends along with us so we feel like we are getting somewhere.  I don’t know if you’ve ever fought for any length of time but it’s can be pretty exhausting.  The longer we fight against God, the more tired we get and God knows this.  Eventually we realize that the very thing we were fighting for just isn’t worth the constant struggle against God and we collapse.  Here’s the key though, God doesn’t let us fall to the ground after we stop fighting.  He picks us up into His arms to love us.  Jesus says, “Come to me all who are weary and burdened and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28).  After you have fought through your struggle and you feel like you have nothing left, remember that Jesus calls the weary to Him so that He can give you rest.