I think most of us can testify that life isn't easy. Sometimes the burdens we carry are so heavy that we should realize, as Christians, the Lord has instructed us often to "cast our burdens" on Him and let go of the immense emotional and mental pain and suffering we experience. And what do we do in return? We cast our burdens on the Lord and then reel them back as a fisherman when attempting to attract a catch.
I probably pray and cry more now than I ever have in my entire life. It's not because I don't think God is listening, I know He hears and He answers. However, my time continuum and God's doesn't match up....and that occurs frequently when it comes to an answer on those dire needs I'm praying about. God cannot be placed within in a time frame or given a box of limits when it comes to minutes, hours, days, weeks or years. Due to our finite minds we simply cannot accept the concept of limitless and then we aren't positive that we want God's decision to be "final" because it might not agree with what we think is best or want to have transpire.
As I continued to think on the above context this past week and had experienced quite a difficult two weeks emotionally, my husband and I decided to take advantage of a new establishment in our neighborhood. The advertisement was a low cost for an hour massage. Gary and I decided to make appointments and have this wonderful rubdown while taking an hour break from the events of life.
So, off we went. As I readied myself for an hour of relaxation, the young man that was going to do the massage began to talk about the type of therapy he does and said something along the lines of, "this is a type of holistic approach"....so I let it go. Then he added that it would be great if everyone was just good to one another and allowed each person to believe however they chose....
I began to feel my ears prick up as a dog when he hears his master whistling for him. I thought, "God, is this what you want me to do? Have a conversation with this young man about you?" Then I would inject a comment, he would respond and on we went for an hour....yes, my entire time in the massage room. By the end of the hour I had given the young man the plan of salvation and my honest opinion on many topics he began inquiring about as he would say, "let me ask you this...." and on we would go.
As I left the room, he was waiting outside to hand me a bottle of water and say, "thank you for the conversation" and I returned the sentiment and honestly meant it. I did finish by saying, "I'll be praying for you." Which, by his look, startled him.
On the ride home I told Gary how I had just spent my hour in the massage room. He chuckled and said, "Guess God didn't think you needed the break!" Yep, guess I'll need to schedule another massage soon, but I was delighted God had me put one foot in front of the other and keep my eyes and heart focused on Him. You never know when God will use your life, your faith and your willingness to give a testimony to another person. That's just what God does when life has been difficult!