While working on his master’s degree, my grandfather needed to learn more about a particular concept and asked his advising professor for some good references he could look up. His professor said that he had no suggestions, and that my grandfather should search the academic literature, thus sending him on his way to look for pertinent journal articles (before the days of computers). Some time and much work later, when another professor who had been out of town returned, my grandfather asked him the same question. This second professor looked a little puzzled and said that certainly the best place to start would be a bundle of journal article reprints that the first professor had from the work of a previous graduate student. Returning to his adviser, my grandfather asked about the reprints and, without getting up from his chair, the adviser reached over and pulled out a massive folder of reprints that were all related the subject my grandfather was trying to research.
As children of God we have certain resources at our fingertips that some of the people around us are searching for; inner peace, the power that comes through prayer, confidence in what the future ultimately holds, etc. Yet, sometimes we are like my grandfather’s advisor and, for whatever reason, send away the people that are searching for the very things our Father has given us to share. Like my grandfather, these people may not know what resources are available and thus cannot, at least at first, ask for them by name... but we still have a responsibility.
“But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:”
(I Peter 3:15)