Ever had that friend that only calls you when they need some thing. I mean, the moment you see their caller ID you know they want something. Bear in mind they’re never there when you need them, they pretend they don’t see you when you go out and they never wish you happy birthday even though it’s all over Facebook.
Maybe you don’t have any of those, but I have tons. I come to accept that maybe I was meant be a convenience store friend. You see, most of my “friendship” really are like convenience stores, you only go in when you need something and you never stay longer than it takes to get it. I actually don’t mind it anymore. I’ve come to realize that just being there when someone needs you, even though they may never return a favour is OK. Maybe you can be a witness in their lives.
What point am I trying to make from my sucky life? Stop for a minute and think… Who do we often treat like a convenience store? That’s right…God. We often wait until we’re in a pinch or worst, a pit we can’t get out of to ask for his help and guidance. As soon as he comes to our aid we forget about him and move right on with our lives.
I read a hilarious poem once about a farmer who got stuck in the snow and prayed for help. He dies unfortunately and when he gets to heaven he asked Peter why God didn’t send him help. Peter then proceeds to tell him that God did send help but he hadn’t prayed so long that God didn’t recognize his voice and sent the angel to a whole other state.
It’s not an accurate depiction of how God works but you get the point. Think for a moment, what if this was really how God operated, would he be able to find you when he sent help? Would he recognize your voice? How long has it been since you talked with the Lord? Is he a Convenience store to you or the place you must go everyday. Do you feel guilty and torn up inside if you miss your morning worship or your bedtime prayer?
Is he just a Convenience store God?
P.S. We often lose that which we don’t use.