From Daily Service 3, updated for Volume 11
Just checking in Lord, just checking in.
I read a story a while ago about a man who visited a church on his way to and from work every day. He would sit in a pew in the back of the church, not the tidiest or cleanest guy you ever met, nothing to look at, nothing special. But the pastor heard him every day praying, and he just said, “just checking in Lord, just checking in”. Well, some time went by and the pastor did not see the old man at the church, so he started asking around for him. He wound up at a hospice; where people go to die. A nurse at one of the nurse’s station asked the pastor who he was looking for and he described him. The nurse smiled fondly and said, “oh that’s old Joe. He was with us, but he died a few days ago. I am going to miss him praying for all of us, and he always started with “just checking in Lord, just checking in.”
The pastor turned away with tears in his eyes, made his way back to the church, sat in the pew Joe had always sat in. He looked up with tears rolling down his face and said, “Just checking in Lord, just checking in.”
Matthew 6:30 (NKJV) Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?
1 Samuel 16:7 ESV But the LORD said to Samuel, “Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him. For the LORD sees not as man sees man looks on the outward appearance, but the LORD looks on the heart.”
Luke 16:15 ESV So He said to them, “You are the ones who justify yourselves before men, but God knows your hearts. For what is prized among men is detestable before God.
John 8:15 ESV You judge according to the flesh; I judge no one.
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