One winter’s day a man came upon a small boy sitting and begging on a windswept bridge. The boy was shivering from the cold and obviously needed a good meal.
On seeing him the man got very angry, and prayed to God and said, “Lord, why don’t you do something about this boy?”
To his astonishment he heard the voice of God speaking to him, saying, “I have already done something about him.”
This surprised the man, so he said, “I hope you don’t mind me saying this, but whatever you have done doesn’t seem to be working.”
‘I agree with you there,” replied God.
“By the way what did you do?” asked the man.
“I made you”, came the reply.
The man could see the young boy in distress but expected someone else to help him. A small act of kindness was all that was needed.
It’s so easy to ask for things to be better in our world but sometimes it’s our responsibility to do what we can to help.
Often we can be praying for things that are in our control to solve.