Phone a Friend
We all remember a few years ago when "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?" was so popular it was on every night of the week. Regis Philbin's snarky humor and over-the-top quips made it "must-see" TV. One of the "life-lines" that was offered if someone did not know the answer to a question was to "phone a friend." The contestant would have someone waiting beside the phone in case there was a question that stumped him or her. Most of the time the friend would be able to help the contestant to solve the question and move on to the next one.
It is a good thing to be able to have someone that we can call on in our times of need. We are certainly living in a time when everything seems to be going crazy. At the time of this writing, we are still in a gas shortage in the area. There is racial unrest across the country. There is more violence in the Middle East. There is increased violence in our towns and cities. There is an influx of people coming to our southern border looking for a better life for themselves and their families. For some, it feels like we are living in the 1970s all over again. Wouldn't it be nice if we could phone a friend to help us through these crises?
The song "What a Friend We Have in Jesus" has been playing in my mind over and over again for the past few days. We can look at the world around us and see the chaos that seems to be happening and wonder if God is really present in all this. But, we have to remember that even in times of uncertainty, Jesus is on his throne. He is the one that has all things in his hands. If we believe that God is sovereign over all things, it means that all that we see happening right now is part of His divine plan. We have no idea what that plan is. We are not God, and we do not control anything. It is like when Job began questioning God, and then in chapter 38, God asks Job if he was there when the world was created. It is a reminder to us that we are not God. We are the created, not the Creator. We do not understand all that is happening right now. But it is all part of God's plan being worked out in history for a certain endpoint that glorifies Him.
So in these uncertain times, we do have a Friend that we can phone or rather pray to. We have a Friend who can ease our anxieties and give us peace. We do have a Friend that will be beside us through all that is going on and give us strength when it seems like all hope is lost. Let us hold on to that hope in times of trouble and know that God is with us.