She called our office looking for help. The garbage men had delivered her monthly supply of trash bags, which are in a large roll. The only problem was that they threw it into her yard and broke off a shrub at its base! Would it grow again? Was it ruined? What would happen? Should she pull it up and discard it? Replace it?
I forwarded her call to one of our agents. With knowledge of horticulture she was able to answer the woman’s questions and give her hope. If we had no agents with knowledge none of us would be able to help. I could have forwarded her call to the agent who knows about cooking and canning, but that would not have helped.
Unless there is knowledge to impart, there’s no need to speak with someone else. If we only speak with folks who know nothing more than we do, we’ll all be in the same boat. If we think we know so much that we don’t need to ask anyone else, we’ll be up a creek without a paddle.
The agent in my office could have said no to the call. “Tell her I’m busy trying to learn more, read more, seek more. I don’t have time to help.”
But taking the chance and answering the call not only helps the caller, it helps the receiver of the call. If we take the chance and let God use us to impart knowledge we will also learn in the process. We will grow in faith, fellowship and love.
People have lots of issues. Some of them are far more serious than a broken branch on a small shrub. But they’re looking for answers. They need help. They need relief. They want to be able to look beyond their brokenness. They want to recover and thrive again. They want to produce new fruit, flower in faith and shine the glory of their Maker.
For every believer, we are gifted with a spiritual education to receive. This education goes on throughout our lives. We don’t get our “diploma” until we arrive in heaven, but we should be learning truth to live out in our own lives. And as we learn we should be asking God to use us to impart His Truth into the lives of others. We’re not learning for ourselves – that would be self-centered. Rather we are learning to share – and that’s God-centered.
Oh beloved, God knows the brokenness you’ve experienced. He knows the things that have been thrown at you. They may have been intentional or unintentional but they hurt all the same. Whether from a stranger or a loved one, the pain is agonizing. There is no hope for recovery, redemption or regeneration on your own. Until you stretch out your life to the One Who has Rivers of living water. If you will let God heal your hurts and grow you in your faith He will then use you to help others. God will indeed use your former brokenness to impart to others His redemption, His reparation, His restoration.
Run to the Lord this morning and give Him your brokenness – everything – your hurts, your disappointments, your fears, your anger, your unforgiveness, your discouragement…And watch as He not only repairs your life, He will make it all new! Why would He do this? Because He loves you and He’s for you and that’s all that really matters.
Revelation 21:5 And He Who is seated on the throne said, See! I make all things new. Also He said, Record this, for these sayings are faithful (accurate, incorruptible, and trustworthy) and true (genuine). AMP
Psalm 103:1-2 Let all that I am praise the Lord; with my whole heart, I will praise His holy name. Let all that I am praise the Lord; may I never forget the good things He does for me.
Psalm 23:3 He refreshes and restores my life (my self); He leads me in the paths of righteousness [uprightness and right standing with Him—not for my earning it, but] for His name’s sake. AMP
Psalm 96:2 Sing to the Lord; praise His name. Each day proclaim the good news that He saves.
1 Corinthians 9:23 I do everything to spread the Good News and share in its blessings.