Sometime ago in a big city a child got lost in the park. The frantic father summoned police and friends to help in the search. Twenty hours had passed and the child was not found although the searchers looked carefully in every ditch and under every bush.
Hope began to fade since it was late in the season and there was fear of the child dying from exposure. Finally one of the neighbor ladies said, “Let’s join hands and then we will be certain that every inch of this park will have been covered.”
So the policemen and friends all join hands and gradually drew closer and closer together. Within an hour, the child was found. But he was already dead. “Oh, God,” moaned the stricken father as he held his lifeless child’s body, “Why didn’t we join hands sooner!”
This argument can be made of why we don’t join hands with God in conversation each day. The importance of prayer is being alone with God and having that time just to talk. Let’s look at some who did join hands with God:
- It was in the eerie solitude of Bethel, and in the gray dawn by the ford of Jabbok that JACOB was granted visions of God.
- It was when he was alone in the silent desert that MOSES was shown the burning bush and received the divine commission to “let my people go!”
- It was when JOSHUA walked unattended under the stars by the walls of Jericho that the captain of the Lord’s host stood before him.
- It was when ISAIAH was alone in the temple that a live coal touched his lips and he was sent to preach to the people of God.
- It was when MARY was alone that the angel brought to her the message of the Lord and His resurrection.
When we stop and realize all the people down through the centuries that God has used, just because they joined hands with Him. The same experience can happen to us. We too can have that moment together with God in solitude and receive His blessings.
As some of my readers may have already heard, I will be leaving this area. This is my last article for the Logan Banner. I have really been blessed by the remarks of my readers over the years. It has been my privilege and joy to share my thoughts with you. Even though miles may separate us … we can still join our hands in prayer and be with each other and with our savior.
May God bless….