Who do you need?

By: By Becky Spell Vann - Contributing columnist

Do you believe everyone needs someone?

Reading a poem by Helen Steiner Rice and remembering song lyrics ‘…people who need people are the luckiest people in the world’…stir this story. All 7.2 billion people on planet Earth need someone! Many reading this may need someone to color their world with love, help them with daily survival skills, or just be there to comfort and care in times of need. Yet, the staggering number of people needing someone causes concern as hearts grow calloused, overextended schedules consume energy and effort, and time for sharing and caring becomes endangered, ‘for such a time as this’ when God’s Word in Revelation is real and relevant!

Are we robbing ourselves of what we need most and missing the joy of spending quality time with the Lord (He knows what’s best for us), loved ones (they love and cherish until death), and friends (they can brighten our world with blessings or hamper it with burdens)? Listen to what Helen has to say.

“Our Father knows what’s best for us, so why should we complain – We always want the sunshine, but He knows there must be rain – We love the sound of laughter, and the merriment of cheer, but our hearts would lose their tenderness if we never shed a tear…

Our Father tests us often with suffering and with sorrow, He tests us, not to punish us, but to help us meet tomorrow…

For growing trees are strengthened when they withstand the storm, and the sharp cut of the chisel gives the marble grace and form…

God never hurts us needlessly, and He never wastes our pain, for every loss He sends to us is followed by rich gain…

And when we count the blessings that God has so freely sent, we will find no cause for murmuring and no time to lament…

For our Father loves His children, and to Him all things are plain, so He never sends us pleasure when the soul’s deep need is pain…

So whenever we are troubled, and when everything goes wrong, it is just God working in us to make our spirit strong.”

Reread the poem while reflecting on seasons in your life when the words apply to what you were going through or are dealing with now. Maybe you feel you have gone through more than others when your whole world was turned upside down; yet, the world kept spinning Wondering if God really knows what is best can creep into minds… unless we are truly abiding in Christ.

Many people testify to the power of God’s grace and goodness when going through storms. Through it all, God is making us strong so that we can walk on through life’s storms with hope in our hearts and never walk alone! We may be lonely but are never alone when we know Jesus Christ as Friend and Savior. He will keep us company and carry us when the load is too much to bear. Have you faced impossible situations and found strength in the Savior who walked to the cross and gave His life because He loved His Father and all the children of the world? He needed someone in the garden when He prayed for the cup to be passed from Him but knew He would do what He was called to do. His best friends slept as He prayed, but God was with Him. So it is with us when going through storms. Friends may not be there through it all, but God promises to never leave or forsake us

When facing seasons when everything seems to go wrong, people can get stuck in pits of depression. Dreams can be deflated and daily joy can dwindle! Going through the motions at work, home, play, even church can keep us imprisoned in a place where people have a hard time reaching us. God can bring us from the deepest depths of despair. Our heavenly Father’s grace and goodness can calm storms while caring friends encourage and extend helping hands

Are you thinking about your heavenly Father, family, and friends who care about and are always there for you? Do you show Him and them that you care and cherish time spent together? Jack Johnson sings, “It’s always better when we’re together”! David sang in Psalm 46, “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. The Lord of hosts is with us”!

Sharing a poem Helen wrote about spending time with loved ones and friends will hopefully touch your heart as it did mine.

“People need people and friends need friends, and we all need love for a full life depends not on vast riches or great acclaim, not on success or on worldly fame, but just in knowing that someone cares and holds us close in their thoughts and prayers – For only the knowledge that we’ve understood makes everyday living feel wonderfully good. And we rob ourselves of life’s greatest need, when we lock up our hearts and fail to heed … the outstretched hand reaching to find a kindred spirit whose heart and mind – are lonely and longing to somehow share our joys and sorrows and to make us aware – That life’s completeness and richness depends on the things we share… with our loved ones and friends.”

Are we living with calloused, locked up hearts and leftover time for the Lord and loved ones, or tender, loving hearts giving generously and going the extra mile for Him and them? It is better when we’re together…caring, sharing, and living life out loud in love with Christ in the center of it all! Since God knows what is best and longs to be closely connected to all His children, let’s trust, obey, and love Him with all our heart, mind, soul and our neighbor as ourselves ! Then, we can teach the world to sing in perfect harmony and live respectfully (red and yellow black and white) with our eyes on Jesus and our hearts beating with love instead of hate.

Embracing Michael Jordan’s famous three words “Just Do It” and God’s Words “Look, I am coming soon…’ Rev. 22:12 should stir us up to share God’s Words and ways and be prepared for His Son’s return any day!


By Becky Spell Vann

Contributing columnist

Becky Spell Vann is the owner and operator of Tim’s Gift and The Learning Station.

Becky Spell Vann is the owner and operator of Tim’s Gift and The Learning Station.