You Are Not Right to be Here

Steven Valadez

Several years ago, I was in an airport in Moscow, Russia.  I had just gotten off of the airport and had to go through the process of entering the country.  I had my passport in hand and had already obtained a visa to be in the country. There was a problem, though: I couldn’t read Russian, and all of the signs were in Russian.  I had no idea which line I needed to get into.  My travel companion and I got into the line that looked right.  Fifteen minutes later, it was our turn at the desk.  The Russian lady behind the counter began to ask us questions that we couldn’t understand.  We tried to respond in English, but she got upset and pointed to a different line, then shooed us toward it.  After fifteen minutes in that line, we got the point-and-shooed to a different line.  This had happened several times.  None of the people at the counter spoke English, and none could help us.  It had been about an hour since we had gotten off of the plane, we were starting to become concerned.  We were stuck in a foreign country and had no idea what to do.  Soldiers and police were all over the place (it was an airport, after all), and no one was helping us.

After a few minutes of standing around looking helpless, a young man who was on our flight came up to us and asked, “You are American?”  “Yes,” I responded.  “You are not right to be here. Come with me.”  He took us to yet another line.  “This sign says, ‘Non-citizens.’  This is where you should be.”  We thanked him, and he disappeared into the crowd.  Had he not helped us, we would have missed our luggage pickup, missed our taxi, and missed our connecting flight back the USA.

Something similar happened to a man named Elijah.  He was alone and scared.  He was worried about some threats that were made against him.  He decided to take off and went to hide in a cave.  In 1 Kings 19, we read about a time when Elijah was not where he was supposed to be.  He was hiding, and needed some help.  A couple of times, God spoke to Elijah and asked him what he was doing there.  He was trying to let Elijah know, “You are not right to be here.”  God then proceeded to give Elijah directions on how to get back on track.  Elijah was scared, but God was with him the whole time.

Sometimes, we get lost, scared, or off-track.  We need help to get on track.  God is there for us when we need Him. We just have to admit we need His help and listen for Him to call us.

1 comment (Add your own)

1. Steve wrote:
Great point to emphasize, “admit we need His help,” and then listen for His call!

Thu, April 5, 2012 @ 5:36 AM

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