On a recent motorcycle trip through the Smokey Mountains my riding partner and I would spend each morning in the hotel eating area enjoying breakfast and going over maps of our rides for the day. We would observe and sometimes interact with others rushing to get their day of travel started.
One morning I noticed a mother enter the very crowded room with two children in tow. A young daughter of about six and a younger son of about four. A few moments later I nearly tripped over the small young boy who was stooped down in the middle of the crowded room with a Styrofoam bowl of dry cheerios that he had spilled all over the floor. In the midst of the flurry of activity around him he was patiently attempting to pick up the mess he had created, one Cheerio at a time. While what must have looked like giants maneuvered around him, threatening to step on him and on his mess, making things worse, the little boy patiently continued to pick up his Cheerios.
Our table was the closest to him so as I set my items down I grabbed a map and returned to the little boy. Setting the map down I helped him use it as a dust pan and together we brushed the Cheerios up onto the map and return them to his bowl. Making sure that the boy would throw the Cheerios away I noticed and nodded to a thankful mother who was busily assisting her little girl.
Upon returning to my table the thought occurred to me that that is just how God is with us. So often, in spite of our best efforts, we make a mess of things. Sometimes our mess looks impossible to clean up, like picking up 40 Cheerios one at a time in a crowded room. As we quietly go about our way attempting to clean up our own messes we are acutely aware that what appear like giants around us are threatening to make our mess worse.
It is at times like this that we need to remember and stand on the Word in Psalms 46:1 “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in time of trouble.” Our God sees our troubles and will never leave us or forsake us. Also we must be aware of those opportunities that show up when we can be used by God to do His work. While we frequently never give it a second thought, we need to take a moment to humbly thank God for putting us in positions to help others in their time of need.