Why do I keep trying?

About every three days for the past six weeks, the Lord has dropped someone at our feet.
Someone in crisis.
Someone who is struggling.
Someone who has been wronged or abused.
Someone fighting to save a marriage that is barely holding together.
Someone who is battling for their health.
Someone who feels utterly neglected and alone.

Their trials are hard. Their brokenness and sorrow are real.

And we cannot help them.
We can listen.
But we cannot FIX it. We cannot change the past. Undo the damage. Heal their hearts.

And I feel woefully inadequate.
I wonder why the Lord brings them to us when we are under-equipped to serve them.

And that is when the Lord steps in and screams in my ear, "It's not about YOU, Michelle! I'm not asking you to heal them! Just bring them to ME."

Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me. I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in Me and I in him, he will bear much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing. John 15:4,5

There are only two ways to abide.
Drown myself in the Word of God, and PRAY!
Before they come. "Lord, prepare us for each other!"
While they are here. "Lord! Help me hear her - and give me the words to say - or know when to be silent."
Pray together before she leaves.

Apart from Him I can do NOTHING.

So why do I keep trying to do things in my own strength?
Without Him I can do nothing. But with Him? I can do ALL things!

Teach me how to be a better stretcher-bearer Lord. YOU are the great healer. YOU bind the wounds and heal the brokenhearted. YOU restore shaky marriages, and YOU minister to the lonely heart. You may choose to use me in the process, but the only thing I am supposed to do - is bring them to YOU.
May I be faithful, Lord.
Make me more faithful.

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