and to walk humbly with thy God

Now, as always, God discovers Himself to “babes” and hides Himself in thick darkness from the wise and the prudent. We must simplify our approach to Him. We must strip down to essentials (and they will be found to be blessedly few). We must put away all effort to impress, and come with the guileless candor of childhood. If we do this, without doubt God will quickly respond. — A.W. Tozer in The Pursuit of God

Dick Jones lived as if everything in the whole community depended upon him. One morning he woke up early with a high fever. His wife called next door to a doctor friend. When he diagnosed that Jones had viral pneumonia, he suggested that Dick stay in bed for several days but Dick complained, “No! I’ve got a breakfast meeting at the school, I’m president of the PTA board, then I’ve got crucial business at the office, a luncheon date, and three very important dates this afternoon, and then the Building Committee at church this evening. There’s no way I can be sick today doctor.”

“I’m sorry,” says his doctor friend, “but Dick, I don’t know anyone who’s indispensable, and I suggest you stay in bed.” But at that very moment, as the story goes, Dick’s high fever sent him into a trance. And there in that trance, he saw himself looking in on heaven. The angels were gathering around God and His holy throne. But everything seemed to be in disarray; some papers were being passed around, and finally after some discussion, the angels passed a significant-looking paper to God, He read it and God was obviously upset. God got up off His throne and said “Oh, no! Oh, no! What will I do today? What will I do?” The angels in chorus said, “What is it, God? What is it?” And God replied, “What will I do today? Dick Jones is sick!”

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