Has God used a nuisance to make a difference?



Keith and I enjoyed a Country & Western concert recently. It was a “bring-your-own-chairs and Easy-Up” gathering on the green at the base of our San Jacinto Mountains.

Clapping to the music, I looked over at Keith’s feet, raised up off the grass.

“Ants! Are you about ready [to leave]?”

“Well, why don’t you move?”

“No, I’ll be alright.”

A few songs later, Keith moves his chair to the right of me, and squeezes next to a man we don’t know.

No ants. Just great music.

The man next to Keith places his hands on the arms of the chair, pushes up and falls back. Keith reaches out to catch him and cushions his fall. I jump up and run over, while Keith is still propping him up. Together, Keith pushes, and I slowly pull the 200+ pound man to his feet while his family looks on.

Ants, a little nuisance moved Keith to a different place, a place that probably saved this stranger from injury.

How many times has God used a nuisance or greater to get us to move?

but you know that it was because of a bodily illness that I preached the gospel to you the first time; Galations 4:13

God used a nuisance to prompt Paul to preach the Gospel to the Galations the first time.

Think about the nuisances in your life.

  • Has God used them to help someone else?
  • What have you learned from the nuisances in your life?

My prayer:

Father, teach us to look at the nuisances in our lives as redirections toward Your perfect path for our lives and others’. Thank You for using us even when we resist the nuisances. We love You Lord.