“Who ya gonna call…?

12 Apr

My (Dawn’s) husband says I have some of the weirdest dreams. I can often remember them in full technicolor when I wake up.

One night I was dreaming that I was sitting in a church pew, listening to my pastor. In Boy Sitting on Pewmy dream, I was the same age I am now, but next to me were my two sons when they were in elementary school … and next to them were my three  granddaughters. (I warned you that I have weird dreams.)

My pastor was preaching about bad habits and the victory that is ours through Jesus, if we will avail ourselves of His grace and power. He was gearing up to a major point, and he asked a series of questions:

“Where do you look for your source of strength?
“What do you turn to when your world seems to crumble?
“Who are you going to call upon when you need help?”

    And my youngest son Michael yelled out, “Ghostbusters!”

    I won’t tell you the rest of the dream. It gets pretty bizarre from there.

    But I got to thinking that who we call upon for help really does make a difference.

    I follow a lady on Twitter named Lori Moore.  A few weeks ago, she posted this gem: “Whenever I fill out an application, in the part that says, ‘If an emergency, notify,’ I put ‘DOCTOR!’ (What’s my mother going to do?)”  Smart choice!

    I sang a song in a little white church as a girl. The original lyrics* are ~ and you can sing it with me if you know it: “Living below in this old sinful world, Hardly a comfort can afford. Striving alone to face temptations so ~ Now won’t you tell me ~ Where could I go but to the Lord?” And the chorus goes: “Where could I go; oh, where could I go, Seeking the refuge for my soul. Needing a friend to save me in the end ~ Won’t you tell me ~ Where could I go but to the Lord?”

    J.B. Coats wrote the song after sitting at the bedside of a dying neighbor. When Coats asked him if he knew where he’d spend eternity, the man ~ an African-American gentleman named Joe Keyes ~ replied, “Where could I go but to the Lord?” **

    Yes, it is truly a blessing to know that as we near death, we can know the only true source of help ~ the One who has the power to help in our most significant moment.  “…If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved…. ‘Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved'” (Romans 10:9, 13). It’s all because of God’s wonderful, amazing grace (Ephesians 2:8-9) to us.

    But sometimes we forget that that same power that gives Christ-followers eternal life is available to help believers choose what is right and to live for God. We don’t call an exterminator to deal with a sore tooth. We don’t seek out a veterinarian to help our roses thrive. We go to the right source for our immediate need.

    We need to go to God for the struggles in our hearts and lives. We need the Great Physician for sin-sickness. We need the Bread of Life for our spiritual hunger. And God invites us to call upon Him in our times of trouble (Psalm 50:15; 91:15).  Jesus wants us to come to the throne of His grace with boldness in our time of need (Hebrews 4:16). We need to submit to God, resisting the temptations of the enemy (James 4:7) and believe what the scriptures say: “…he [the devil] will flee from you.”

    So, Friend, how are you going to answer the question: “Who Ya Gonna Call?” Where could you go, but to our wonderful Lord?

    * “Where Could I Go but To the Lord,” by James (J.B.) Coats (punctuation added)

    ** http://wiki.answers.com/Q/When_did_J_B_Coats_write_Where_Could_I_go_but_to_the_Lord

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