Jer 8:22 "Is there no balm in Gilead? Is there no
physician there? Why then is there no healing for the wound of my people?" NIV
The ceiling fan in the guest room was off kilter. Each time the blades made a rotation, I cringed. In the beginning, it wasn’t too annoying, but as time progressed I was afraid the entire fan would drop to the floor, bent and broken into bits. I called the handyman to repair the fan, and he promptly arrived to our house with tools in hand. He tinkered and toyed with the fan, and it seemed, for a while at least, to be repaired. Before long it made its lopsided rotation again. The repairs were short lived and the fan once again appeared to be on the verge of toppling. Something had to be done, or we would lose it. I called the electrician, (the professional) which is what I should have done in the first place. He repaired the fan for us, and cleared up a couple of other trouble spots for us.
God is just like that electrician. He is the professional we should turn to when our life is off kilter. When we wobble and groan with difficult turns of life, and it appears our lives will crash and shatter, God will comfort and sustain us, and repair our hearts . Then we can face our problems and be equipped to handle them. Unfortunately, we often search for solutions in other places, just as I had done when I called the handyman . These other solutions might be immersing ourselves in alcohol or drug, going on a spending spree, or perhaps just withdrawing from reality. They may suffice for a short time, but they have no long term healing power. Only God can pour the healing balm on our hearts, and help us through difficult times. We must ask for His help, though, just as I called the electrician and asked for his. The good news is God is available 24 hours a day. There will be no answering machine or call forwarding to Him. The line of communications is open and direct.. we reach Him through the wonderful and awesome power of prayer.
If your life is off kilter and possibly on the verge of falling and crashing, call out to God. He is waiting to hear from you. He is the master repairman, with the correct tools to handle your very own personal problem.
Marion Smith firstname.lastname@example.org
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