Read 2 Corinthians 12:5-10
The Psalmist wrote, “I lift up my eyes to the mountains—where does my help come from?”—Psalm 121:1 (NIV)
The large advertising poster outside the church showed me that the address I had prepared would not fit this occasion. I had mistakenly believed that I was to speak to a women’s rally. Instead, I now saw that my audience would consist of representatives from churches around the district. I went into the church feeling numb with desperation.
What am I going to say to these good people when my turn comes to address them? I hadn’t a clue and still didn’t know even while sitting beside the pulpit, ready to be introduced as a speaker. Help me, Lord! I pleaded.
Then into my mind came clear direction: Imaginatively present Gospel stories as you do with your group. In our women’s Bible study group when looking at the gospels, we enter into the story and become part of it. For example, when we study the passage about the Wedding at Cana, we “attend” the wedding. This way of looking at the Gospels is not new. It was practiced by St. Ignatius of Loyola.
I stood up, all fear gone, and took the congregation on several imaginary journeys into the Gospel scenes. They were totally focused on my presentation and listened with rapt attention. I had once more discovered that God helps us when we admit our helplessness.
Prayer—Dear God, help us to turn to you at all times, especially when we see that we can do nothing to help ourselves. Amen.
Thought for the day—God is our greatest resource.
Dorothy O’Neill (South Australia, Australia)