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A Present Help (published in The North Weld Herald 4/29/10)

posted Sep 7, 2013, 1:15 PM by Fccea Webmaster
George Phillips of Meridian, Mississippi, was preparing for bed one night when he noticed that the light in his garden shed was on. It didn't take him long to determine that someone uninvited was out there pilfering his belongings. He closed the back kitchen door and called the police.

He was asked whether or not the intruders were in the house. He said, "No," whereupon he was told, "You know what? Our patrols are busy tonight. Just stay in the house and well get there when we can."

George hung up the phone, waited thirty seconds and then called back. This time he said, "You know what. They continued to steal my stuff, so I went outside and shot them all." Within two minutes, six police cars, a SWAT team, a helicopter, two EMS vehicles and a paramedic and an ambulance showed up. The burglars were still there, so they were rounded up and carted away.

The officer in charge came up to Phillips and said, "I thought you said you shot them." To which he replied, "I thought you said you had nobody available!"

Need help? Aren't you glad that according to Psa. 46:1, "God is our refuge and very present help in trouble?" I love the language -- present help. Not past help or future help, but "present help". The others are true, of course, but for today, I need to know that He is present help.

Does that mean that if I trust Him it will all go my way? Of course not. But it means that if I trust Him, it will all go His way, and in the end that will always be best for me, too. Always.

I love the story of the second grader named Mike. On the way to school Mike's arm bumped against a seat on the bus and it made a big scrape and bled all over his clothes. He got in trouble for missed homework. At recess he was hit in the mouth and lost two teeth. After school he slipped on the ice and broke his wrist.

On the way to the hospital he reached into his pocket with his good hand pulled something out. His father asked him what it was. He said, "Its a quarter - 25 cents! I found it on the ground when I fell down. It's the first quarter I ever found. This is the best day of my life!"

Someone has wisely said, "The kingdom of God advances through a series of glorious victories cleverly disguised as disasters." The truth is that in every disaster there is a "quarter" -- the very present voice of God calling us to Himself, and the very present hand of God responding to our cry for help and leading to glorious victory. Call on Him. He is presently there.

By His Grace, Pastor Dave