I’m reading a book by an acquaintance of mine, Skye Jethani. In it he tells a story of he and his father walking down the streets of New Delhi with a skinny,young, handicapped boy with “huge calluses on his knees” from waddling on them staying just ahead of them in their line of sight. He was dressed only in “tattered blue shorts.” He was shouting “one rupee, please! One rupee!” Skye says that he and his father kept walking ignoring the boys shouts but finally his father realized the boy wasn’t going to give up so he stopped. He looked the boy in the eye and asked him, “what do you want?” “One rupee, sir,” the boy answered while bowing his head. Skye’s father replied “How about I give you five rupees?” Do you know what the boys response was? Not one of immediate joy and thanksgiving. Instead he became immediately defiant. “He retracted his hand and sneered at us. He thought my father was joking, having a laugh at his expense. After all, no one would willingly give five rupees.” The boy actually started to leave! Skye’s father reached into his pocket and rattled his coins. When the boy heard the coins he stopped and looked back. He approached the boy, gave him the coin and then Skye and his father proceeded on their way. A moment later the shouting started again. This time the boy was yelling, “Thank you! Thank you,sir! Bless you! Then Skye wraps up this story with these stunning words; “This, I imagine, is how our God sees us – as miserable creatures in desperate need of his help. But rather than asking for what we truly need, rather than desiring what he is able and willing to give, we settle for lesser things. And when God graciously says “no” to our misled desires and instead offers us more, we reject him. We turn away, cursing him under our breath. We simply cannot imagine a God who would give five rupees when all we desire is one.” “The Divine Commodity”
My husband was a seminar teaching on worship leading a couple of weeks ago. As he was telling me about it one statement stuck in my mind. He said they were told “most of the people sitting in the audience WANT you to SUCCEED.” But speaking from experience that is not always what you feel. You focus on some time from the past that you failed in some way and embarrassed yourself. Or you see that “crabby face” in the audience and you are immediately frightened.
God wants us to succeed. His Word says He has a plan for us to prosper. This doesn’t necessarily refer to money and status but it does refer to our life and all the things that really count. Are you like the little boy, only focused on what you need for the next minute or two rather than looking to God who can care for you for your lifetime?