I have a friend who lives in the south who I texted today for the first time in five months. I wrote, “How are you doing?” And he wrote back, “Hello God’s calling in the big guns good to hear from you.” It was one of those texts that made me wonder if he had perhaps replied to me thinking he was writing to someone else so I asked again, “How are you doing?” It turned out he had not made a mistake and I was the intended recipient of “God’s calling in the big guns”. He told me that yesterday he was admitted to the hospital with Covid. He has pneumonia and was even writing telling me he knows what is waiting on the other side when he dies. I told Him that I knew he was not going to die yet. Now, to be clear, I rarely give guarantees like that. But I told him I knew that because I was writing in the first place to tell him that God made it clear to me that he was going to help me with a project at our little Myrtle Beach beach house in the spring. Myrtle Beach is about the midway point between us. So as you pray your prayers, pray for my friend David.
When David was talking about the big guns, he was talking about me and one other person who had contacted him today. He told me there was a guy he has not spoken to for two years that called him today at God’s insistence. This guy who called also did not know our mutual friend was in the hospital with Covid. David said it gave him peace to know that God had led the two of us to contact him today to encourage him and to pray for him.
I texted Diane and told her the situation and about our conversation. I told Diane I did not feel like one of “the big guns”. God knows how I feel. I would use words like: Insufficient – Unfaithful – Incompetent. And then I remembered the words of the Apostle Paul:
Each time God said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me.2 Corinthians 12:9
To God be the glory that He gave me the motivation to text my friend today. His grace is all we need. His power works best in our weakness. So when my friend said of me “the big guns”, he obviously meant I was among the weakest of his friends. I will claim that.