“O LORD, how long will you forget me? Forever? How long will you look the other way? How long must I struggle with anguish in my soul, with sorrow in my heart every day?” (Psa 13:1–2 NLT)
The injustices in this world are maddening, aren’t they? Why should some have so much, and others so little? And why doesn’t God do something about it?
Do you know what I think? I think God IS doing something about injustice and hardship… he’s inviting us to partner with him to bring restoration and peace.
A young mother who is now doing her best to take care of her young children plus some extended family might have been thinking, “How long, Lord?” With 8 children to care for and a house that needs some help, she approached WordServe to see if we could help. After planning, consideration, and on-site evaluation, WordServe’s Compassion team decided they could take on her house repairs.
Mind you, this won’t be a weekend project. This will be many weekends, all done by volunteers on their time off. As I thought about the scope of work, the enemy’s voice started up:
- WordServe can’t do this… it’s too big
- The Church will promise and get hopes up, but you won’t be able to deliver
- You’ll do more harm than good
Indeed, as I rode out to meet the family with our Director of Compassion and our project manager, I couldn’t help but wonder, “How can WordServe possibly pull this off?”
As this thought crossed my mind, we rounded the next turn. I couldn’t help but notice the street sign:
Big Prayer Road
No… I’m not making that up. That’s the road name! And that’s the answer.
God knew long before my doubts that there was a need. God has been preparing the work site and the workers. And God is inviting us to join in what God will pull off… not WordServe.
The Psalm above started with a cry for help, but don’t stop reading there. And more importantly, don’t live there! Have the faith to see the end of the story, even before the end is clear:
“But I trust in your unfailing love. I will rejoice because you have rescued me. I will sing to the LORD because he is good to me.” (Psa 13:5–6 NLT)
Want to help? How about starting with some “Big Prayer?”
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