In his book, Grace Awakening, Chuck Swindoll tells a cool story. Apparently, sometime during the presidency of Thomas Jefferson, he and some of his companions were traveling the countryside on horseback. As they rode, they came to a swollen river that had suffered from some recent downpours. The bridge was washed out, and it was very dangerous to cross the river on horseback.
These riders faced a very real possibility that they would perish in the water. Nearby, a traveler who was not a part of Jefferson’s group stood back and watched the men struggle their way to the other side of the rushing river. One-by-one they made their way over the frothing water.
The traveler walked over to Jefferson, picked him out of the crowd, and asked him if he would ferry him over to the other side. Without hesitation, Jefferson agreed, and the traveler climbed on the back of his horse. After they made it safely to the other side of the dangerous current, the traveler was asked, “Why did you choose the president to ask the favor of a ride over?”
The traveler admitted that he hadn’t recognized the president. He replied, “All I know is that on some of your faces was written the answer ‘NO’ and on his face was written the answer ‘YES.’ His face was a ‘YES’ face.”
This past Sunday, Chet asked us this question: “What kind of a friend to God are you?” The truth is, we all spend time thinking about how the Lord is an amazing friend to us, but it might be a new thought to consider how good of a friend we are to Him.
I am thinking we all ought to be the kind of friend that has a “YES face.” We ought to be prepared to move at His calling, to share when prompted by His Spirit, to be ready to serve whenever we see a need, and to say a resounding “YES” when led to sacrifice for someone else.
In 1 Chronicles 16, the prophet Hanani came to Asa, the King of Judah, and reminded him that “…the eyes of the Lord range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him…”
That’s just another way to say, “God loves when His kids have a ‘YES’ face turned toward Him!” YES, I will obey. YES, I will exercise self-control. YES, I will value eternal things above earthly trivialities. YES, I will open my heart to His will.
So, this week, let’s all work on our “YES” face. Let’s have expectant hearts that are tuned to our Heavenly Father, who shockingly calls us “friends” (John 15:15).
Sherry Worel is a Bible teacher at heart and lives a life of ministry. She’s been involved at Coast Hills teaching Women’s LIFE, Bible studies, online courses, devotionals, participating in Upstream conversations, and much more. Having a love for education, Sherry has over 50 years of teaching experience with schools, churches, and mission agencies. As well as earning her Master’s at Talbot Seminary, she rounded out her education with 35 years as Head of School at Stoneybrooke Christian School. Sherry is happiest with a book or fishing pole in hand.