United Church of Christ

Timely Challenge

Psalm 70:5 “But I am poor and needy; hasten to me, O God!  You are my help and my deliverer; O Lord, do not delay.”


Want to know what really bugged me growing up? My family’s lack of punctuality. Every time we were invited to any event, someone had to get there later than the Jimmy Kimmel Show. If a party was at 3 o’clock, my beloved relatives made it a tradition to arrive two to three hours later, like at 5 or 6 pm. Sure it was annoying, but they are family. I know what to expect now. I also know what to expect from God.


Remember that 90’s song, “What if God Was One of Us”? Yeah, I think we can all agree that it is safe to say that God is nothing like us. So, when I read Psalm 70, I don’t ever see the need to rush God to my hurt, needs, or pain. Chances are, God was already in my trial before I got there.


Although, God may seem silent, like Jesus in the boat with the disciples, during the storm, the presence of God is all I need. I know that if I have the faith enough to get to where I am, I will get to where I