“Be careful (anxious) for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”
Though I thoroughly enjoy gathering with the saints on the Lord’s Day and sharing His precious word, the time leading up to the service can be a bit hectic for my family and me. Last Lord’s Day morning, we found ourselves leaving the house late. I hit the gas and sped down the street hoping to make up time by creeping through the stop sign at the end of the street. When I got there I was forced to actually stop (imagine that!) for a father who was pulling his young son across the street in a wagon. Oh for crying out loud, I thought, now I have to wait for these guys. As I looked out my driver’s window I saw the little boy, perhaps 4 years old or so, smiling cheerfully and waving a mittened hand. Our hearts melted instantly, and we all smiled and waved back. Though that little boy was oblivious to the fact, he was God’s powerful agent in that moment to give us the attitude adjustment we needed. This is how God operates. He often uses the small, the weak, the underestimated and overlooked to accomplish His will and work upon the earth. Numerous verse passages in the Bible indicate that God cares for our mental and emotional health and well being (Matthew 6:25-33; Luke 12:29; John 14:1, 27; 1 Peter 5:7). Of course the Comforter, the Holy Spirit of God, is His Blessed Agent in the world working in us what is well pleasing in His sight (John 14:16, 26; 15:26; 16:7; Acts 9:31; 2 Corinthians 3:17-18; Hebrews 13:20-21). Let us remember also that this Special Agent is also in us and intends for us to act as Spirit-led comforters of others in the world (2 Corinthians 1:3-4; 1 Thessalonians 4:18; 5:11, 14). We ought to do for others what that unassuming little boy did for us. Sometimes this requires edifying and comforting speech. “A man hath joy by the answer of his mouth: and a word spoken in due season, how good is it!” declares the proverb (Proverbs 15:23). O Lord, we might pray, give us the tongue of the learned, that we should know how to speak a word in season to him that is weary (Isaiah 50:4). Sometimes, however, a word isn’t possible or even necessary. A kind smile or a wave can bless the heart and soothe the nerves more than we know. May God help us all to be His powerful agents on the earth in these last of days, comforting the fainthearted, supporting the weak, and exhibiting patience toward all (1 Thessalonians 5:14).