Are you going where God is sending you?
By Didymus McHugh, Correspondent | April 01, 2020 | NATIONAL
Story No. 030320101
Do we really go to where God needs us, or do we act like Jonah and have our own agenda but still have to do what God needs us to do?
There are times when we go someplace and have no clue why. We may go down a street we have never known about or decided to do something we have not done in a long time. Sometimes we do it with a question mark, wondering why on Earth we did it.
We live our lives and many times God takes us places that we cannot figure out what happened. Recently, I was working at the hospital and was not feeling good. I thought that I decided to go to my office and rest and maybe have a cup of tea. But God had other plans. As I was walking to my office, I saw a man with books in his arm walking in front of me. No big deal, right? Well, he went to our office and started to rattle the door. The Imam was on duty, sitting in the office. I asked the man if there was a way that I could help him. That was the same time that the Imam came to the door and our adventure began.
The young man requested a book that we use as a resource. We could tell something was just a little off. The Imam and I worked with this young man for two and a half hours. We were keeping him calm and advocating for him, until we got him seen by the proper people in the hospital.
I thought I wanted to feel better, but I think God sent me there to work with the individual. In the hospital, we talk with a lot of people and help them.
Another incident, as I was responding to a hospital to work with a group of people who were burned out of their house, I was driving down the normal route. This time there was a man, who was in a car accident, lying beside the road on the sidewalk. I stopped to help the individual. As I was there, there were some people that came by to check on him, including five different people from the local hospital and one was an emergency room nurse.
For so many emergency responders, this is a typical day. We stop and help but please remember the story of the Good Samaritan. There were people who thought that they were so important that they could not or should not help the individual.
God has found a way to create us, as individuals, to care for one another. He takes us down roads that we would or would not expect and puts us in situations, where our skills are used. There are times where we put in a little of ourselves by calling an ambulance and making sure the patient is alright. There are other times where we may commit a long time and put our all into helping people, to the point that we realize that if we did not go down that street, the person could have died.
Let us always be sensitive to the wrong turns or what we may consider a coincidence. God may be guiding us in our life. There are appointments that God has for us that only after the incident that we realize that there was a plan.
We are given skills, talents, gifts that we will be given the opportunity to draw upon to help others. Do not squander the gifts or the opportunities. Maybe nobody else will come by. Maybe nobody else will speak to that individual. You have been selected for each opportunity that you encounter. You were given a mission, should you choose to accept it or not. Only you have that special talent or can relate to that individual, like nobody else can.
See the opportunities that are put in front of you. Do not miss them.
This article is a direct street report from our correspondent and has not been edited by the 1st Responder newsroom.