We have a chaplain who works in the hospital.
He’s on 24/7.
He’s available to come to the patients’ bedside anytime they want him to.
I’ve been working in the ER for over 10 years, and it occurred to me that I’ve only seen the chaplain during life and death resuscitations.
People don’t seem to pray until they are dying.
Or perhaps prayers don’t become desperate until we find ourselves in a desperate place.
I tend to view the needy areas in my life as troublesome. They are obstacles I wish would pass quickly so I can get back to a place of peace and rest.
Yet it is the very point of need in my life that becomes the intersection where God shows up.
It is my point of need that drives me to my knees.
It is my point of need that opens up room for the divine to turn my obstacles into soil for His hand to work.
If my life were simply a series of colds and ear infections, I’d probably never pray.
I don’t need God to help me get over a rash.
I’ve got that covered.
I don’t need him to help me overcome a sprain.
He can rest up in heaven while I rehab myself.
But throw in a new diagnosis of leukemia, or tell me my heart rhythm is in a fib, and you better believe I know exactly which posture to take on.
I’m flat on my face crying desperately for help.
The very thing we hate becomes the driving force towards a closer walk with Jesus.
Do you look at the difficulties in your life as an inconvenience? Do you wonder why God would allow them? Do you resent them and wish them away?
Your very point of need is what God is using to bring you closer into his presence.
Will you let it?
Will you see in your need an opportunity to lean into Jesus? Heâ€™s on 24/7 and heâ€™s waiting to help you in your point of need.