Lyn was going to an event and he needed some cash. Since his billfold was not helpful in supplying that, it seemed logical for him to stop by our bank ATM and get some cash.
When he called me, he was in somewhat of a panic. Not only could he not get money out, but he couldn’t get the card back. Money was in the account but he couldn’t access it.
When I called the local number, the man on the other end was helpful in that if Lyn would call him, he would then guide Lyn through the process. But, Lyn didn’t answer his phone when I called him back. This was getting to be a huge issue—disrupting my quiet evening at home.
My next “helpful” move was to call the bank again—hoping they hadn’t closed down yet. This lady was quite straightforward, and non-sympathetic, in her response (by my perspective). Lyn would just have to wait and go back to the bank when it was open in the morning, identify himself, and ask for his card back. In the meantime, no card to use and no cash.
The Spirit directed me away from my frustration by reminding me to look at God’s ATM. A new perspective for me. What lessons do we see in this scenario?
First, I was glad that God isn’t a machine or act uncaringly to us. It is so delightful to have a loving and caring relationship with Him.
A similarity is that for each “account”, whether heavenly or earthly, I need to be “in the system”. Even if it is not about a card getting lost, I can’t get funds from my ATM if I am not registered and have my own specific card. With God’s ATM, we don’t have a physical card to carry. Rather it is a heart card, registered in God’s system by our accepting His Gift of Salvation. We are His children and part of His heritage.
However, it is not enough to just be in either system. We must do the “work” of asking for the funds/gifts.
Our funds in God’s ATM are secure—safe from fraud. Despite our bank’s best efforts, fraud can still happen. While recently on vacation, I received a call from a “fraud unit” of our bank asking me if I had approved a specific transaction. If the transaction was deemed fraudulent, my card would be shut down and I would have no access to our funds until I received a new card and account.
A key difference is that our local ATM has limited funds—limited by our contributions to the account. In contrast, God’s ATM has unlimited Abundance that He supplies out of His great riches.
Which ATM is our primary account?