Over the past week, two friends and I have attended meetings with the city Homeless Coalition and a faith-based Task Force branch of the Coalition, educating ourselves on what needs to be done to end homelessness in our community. Two weeks ago, ABC News sent out a story on the Top 10 poorest cities in our country, and to our surprise, Albany was on that list!
The Lord has given us a heart to see homelessness and poverty end in our city, but we were not sure what to do with our passion. However, the moment we heard that we are living in one of the poorest cities in the nation, we knew we had to do something. We had to put hands and feet to what our heart was telling us. And we are taking steps in the right direction. We are making contacts, educating ourselves on the resources and organizations available to us, and making our presence known as young adults who want to make a difference.
In the last meeting we attended, we found that there is a lot of meeting and not enough doing. That people are voicing their worries and concerns and not their prayers. There is too much bureaucracy and not enough faith. And the more I considered this, the more I realized how easily each of us can fall into that same mindset. We can get caught up in the “red tape” of life and not take it a God who longs to hear from us. A God who created us, loves us, and wants the best for us.
We must have faith. Faith that He can MOVE MOUNTAINS. That He will provide. As Ed Litton said at ReFRESH this year, “He’s on it!”. There is no reason to worry!(By the way, Ed’s recent blog is a must-read).
This has become one of my favorite passages of Scripture. Imagine just how much God cares for every living thing. If He cares for the bird’s needs, don’t you think he would care for yours?
“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is life not more important than food and the body more important than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life.” Matthew 6:25-27
So, in the small things in life, and in the big, let not your heart be troubled. Believe in Him. Believe in His omnipotence, His care, His love, His providence, and His goodness. Lift your requests up to Him, pour out your heart to Him, your Helpmate. He will direct your path.
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.” Proverbs 3:5-6
“So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” Matthew 6:34
“Come to me all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your soul. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30