Being Andrew

“My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,” says the LORD. “And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine. 9 For just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so my ways are higher than your ways and my thoughts higher than your thoughts.” Isaiah 55:8-9

If you’re like me, when you face a problem or a friend with a problem, you think first of how you might fix the problem or help this person.  My intentions are good: to seek a solution or connect this friend with a solution that will provide immediate help.  As someone who follows Jesus, I know from Isaiah 55, that God’s ways are better than my ways.  However, I struggle to pause and seek God’s help and His way when I’m originally presented with the problem.

That’s what I love about Andrew.  He’s one of Jesus’ lesser known disciples, the brother of Simon Peter.  He’s mentioned 22 times in the Gospels.  He introduced Peter to Jesus, and he introduced the boy with the fish & loaves to Jesus.  In fact, he’s not known for much more than introducing people to Jesus.  It seems strange that he is even mentioned in the Bible at all, except there’s bound to be a profound point in being known as one who introduces others to Jesus.

So I’ve been trying to remember to  stop solving problems immediately and to slow down before I introduce people to others that I think can help them.  Instead, I’m trying to respond to this nudge from the Holy Spirit to introduce Jesus to my problems, to my friends and to encourage my friends to share their problems with Jesus.  If His ways and thoughts are higher than ours, then maybe taking my problems to Jesus first makes more sense than rushing to solve them myself.  I have decided that a little bit of what Jesus has to offer is better than all of what I have to offer.

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