“My father is being cared for by the top infectious disease expert in the country. He is a classmate of my sister who just arrived there.”
My close friend was sharing the tragic news that his father was just hospitalized with COVID19 infection. He was stable in one of the top hospitals in his home country and being cared for by the top physicians. However, he felt helpless, unable to travel because of his own medical condition that placed him at high risk for infection. In addition, a mandatory one week quarantine was in place for all visitors that arrived in that country. Through a series of complicated connections that included friends from high school and high government officials, my friend was able to secure special travel provisions for his sister, a physician, to travel to the country. Through other connections, he was able to secure several units of blood that his father desperately needed because he had a relatively rare blood type.
“Yes.” I agreed with him. “You must use all the connections you have, all the favors you can call in. This is the time.”
It had been a difficult few days and my friend was being pulled in dozens of directions. Even during the time he was sharing this news, he was being texted by several family members and business associates concerned about taking care of his father’s financial affairs. I empathized with his situation and recalled a similar time of crisis in my life when I needed all the connections I could muster.
My life completely fell apart when I was completing my second year of residency. For a series of complex reasons, I found myself without a residency program, without an apartment, and even without a church. All of my usual connections were gone and I had to dig deep to find someone who could help me. I desperately cried out to God who came to my aid through several connections of my father who put me in contact with attorneys and financial advisors. Through an unlikely connection, a Christian brother from another state put me in touch with a local Pastor who accepted me into his church. It was a harrowing time but within a few weeks, I was back on my feet. My residency program was secure; I had a new apartment; and I had a supportive Pastor and a new church. This was the time to call in connections and God dramatically answered my prayers.
We should not wait until a life-changing crisis intervenes in our lives to call upon those who can assist us. Sadly, I often treat my relationship with God in the same manner. God is always ready to shower me with His blessings but in my arrogance, I think that I can handle things on my own. God is my last resort instead of my first choice for any issue, no matter how large or small.
For He says: “In an acceptable time I have heard you, And in the day of salvation I have helped you.” Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.
2 Corinthians 6:2 (NKJV)
This is the time-every moment of our lives. Our eternal destiny depends upon it.
Love and trust the Lord; seek His will in your life.