Mario Ross, Elder
Specifically Psalms 57:1-2; Psalms 142:1-2 NIV
Theme for this Psalm: God’s faithful help and love in time of trouble. When we face trials, God will quiet our hearts and give us confidence.
As I was reading these passages, I was thinking of my younger brother Sylvain, who had been unemployed for over a year. He couldn’t find a job in his field of welding even though he sent out several applications every week. In October of last year his unemployment benefits ran out, and the only income they had was from his girlfriend. Times were very difficult for both of them.
In December, we found out that they were in the process of losing their house and car, and they barely had enough food to eat. My brother was becoming very discouraged and angry. We knew we had to do what we could to help them. He kept asking me, why are you doing this? I shared with him, Matthew 25:35-36; “For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36 I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.”
I started calling my brother almost every day, listening to him and telling him that there were a lot of people praying for him and his girlfriend, Chantal. He then said to me, “I’m not a religious person you know.” I shared with him that it’s not about religion, but a relationship with God. I told him to just talk to God, cry out to him. Tell Him your fears, your worries. He wants to hear from you. Do just as David did; he was not afraid to pour out his heart to God.
Later that week, Chantal made this statement to him, “you know, if we don’t try to pray or speak to God like Mario and Sherre’ are saying, we will never know.” So that morning, they did just that. They sat together and talked to God about their fears and their worries, and an interview for the job that Sylvain just applied for that was only ten minutes away from their house. They went for a long walk after their talk with God and when they came back there was a message on their answering machine from the company for an interview on Monday morning. He called me right away and was so excited. I asked him, did you thank God? He said, “Yes, that was the first thing I did.” So, after two interviews, it’s great news to say that my brother has started his new job with that company on March 10th. Praise the Lord!!
Through all of this, my brother is now more open to God, and is asking me more questions about our relationship with God and our church family.
My prayer: Lord, may I never be afraid to cry out to you when I am facing trials and trouble.