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Tisdale United Methodist Church
Friday, October 18, 2019

Mark's Sunday School Review

 

I’m Stuck God, Please Help Me

Remember to Say Thank You for The Tow Truck

We pray when we need or want something. Even non-believers do this. There are countless examples of people saying things like, “When the plane was going down, I prayed, even though I didn’t believe in God.”

Prayer is a natural “God given” reaction. As long as we’re traveling smoothly down the center of the road, we ‘think’ we have it all under control. But when we find ourselves stuck in a ditch; we ask God for a tow truck.

After we’re pulled out, we forget to say thank You, just like the lepers in Luke 17:11-19 did. Ten were healed and only one returned to say thank You. This is a pretty low percentage of thanks.

Everything big and small should be discussed with God. He’s not only interested in the big problems.

If our request is loud, our thanks should be louder.

It is easy to get pulled down by the daily grind of the world. We have our head down working through the day’s problems and forget to look up. By not looking up we miss the miracles happening all around us. We think we have everything under control, but…not so much.

Regardless of man’s plans, God’s plans are bigger.

It’s easy to let the negative outweigh the positive. We need to be intentional about looking at the positive. When Robinson Crusoe was shipwrecked on the island, he made a list of the negatives and positives of his situation. Making this list allowed him to see that things weren’t as bad as they first appeared.

When we find ourselves stranded on an island, we need to make a list.

Finally, we need to share these answered prayers with others. This sharing is an example of God’s involvement in the world. Seeing this routine involvement in the small as well as the big, lets people witness God’s relationship firsthand.

Visit with God while traveling down the middle of the road. Don’t wait until you’re stuck in a ditch.

 mark@timbercreekconstruction.us