The Rescue

June 7, 2020
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Galatians 6:9-10 – Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers. (NIV)

Not long ago, a visitor here in Atlin, British Columbia, Canada, who was suffering with Alzheimer's, became lost. He wandered away from the home of friends where he was staying.

The Search and Rescue team immediately went into action. The person who found this gentleman, however, was a young teenager out riding on his quad. He had heard about the search, and thus, when he encountered this man, he recognized that he was the one who was lost. He stopped, dismounted, and escorted the fellow back to safety. No one knows what may have happened if this conscientious young man had not been on the lookout and helped this gentleman.

Likewise, God calls each one of us to be on the lookout in regard to opportunities to do good to others, both within and outside of the family of believers. Sometimes, people become lost in grief, depression, anger, unbelief, or complacency, just to name a few situations. Sometimes, they are total strangers to us; other times, we may know them well. Whichever the case, the Lord desires that we seek always to be sensitive to His Holy Spirit, who is able to alert us to people struggling within stressful situations. When He does, let us also remember that He is also able to show us how to minister to them within their need.

Today is a brand-new day, and each one of us has the opportunity to be on the lookout for those whom God knows need our help. May we each pray for our hearts to be open to the leading of His Spirit, that we may do good to all people, that as many as possible might be encouraged, helped, uplifted, and, yes, even restored to well-being in Him.

Prayer: Father God, may we not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time, we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Therefore, as we have opportunity, may we do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers. In Christ's name, we ask. Amen.


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Atlin, British Columbia, Canada

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1 Comment

  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Many thanks Lynne!


    Thanks Lynne, Amen.


    Thanks, Lynne. This is so important, especially right now.


    Thank you so much for the Devotional. It was encouraging for me.


    Thanks for your message today, Lynne. Hope you’re staying healthy and safe.


    Thank you, Lynne, a good reminder.
    Stay safe.


    Great encouragement on this Sunday morning.
    Thank you and blessings, Lynne!


    Thank you very much for the well-put-together devotional with helpful, Biblical, thoughts.
    Please pray to God asking him to cause the scientists working to develop serum, treatments, and cures re- the covid virus to succeed according to His will.


    Dear Lynne,
    Thank you for a blest and blessing devotional. I pray that God will continue to give you ideas for writing.
    Amen.


    Sure is full of truth and promise and hope for me today, Lynne! Starting with the tale of the man wandering off and his finding and being brought back to those who care for him is a powerful account. Thank you for telling it.


    Thanks, Lynne for sharing this incident of “doing good.” It is encouraging to commend youth for being helpful too.
    We hope there are no cases of the virus in the Atlin area. Keep safe!


    SHALOM
    Thank you for your wonderful Devotional. Very pertinent in these days of doubts and pandemic fear. I, for one, would far rather be lost at Atlin than downtown Toronto! Blessings and Thank You.


    Dear Lynne,
    Thank you for the encouraging reminder that we all need at different times in our lives to continue to reach out and also to renew ourselves when we have got lost in our faith. May you continue to inspire us with your devotionals. Blessings.


    Dear Lynne,
    Thank you for another special devotional. Kudos to that young fellow for his care and concern to help the visitor suffering from Alzheimer’s and to see that he was brought to safety. Your reference to scripture from Galatians and expressed in your prayer are good instructions to follow in our daily lives’ activities.
    Bless you for the special writings you submit.
    (B.C.)


    It is so easy to push aside the gentle nudge of the spirit… too busy now.
    Great story.
    Thank you.


    Hi Lynne,
    I read your devotional today, and yes, sometimes I do get tired of looking after things, but then I seem to get the strength to carry on. Thank you for writing.
    Blessings.


    Dear Lynne,
    Thanks for your devotional encouraging us to be ‘on the lookout for opportunities’. I had been doing an online study about being a ‘neighbour’ and your devotional should have been included in that study. It was inspiring and yet used a practical example plus suggested more possibilities!
    Thanks so much. I hope you have a great day!

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