So, slowly, I have learned that pausing to ask God to guide and direct is a good thing. Because God sees the larger picture and inspires me in ways that are less likely to damage dozens because I am trying to help one. Because God knows that timing is important and waiting has power. Because God knows that challenges can lead to wisdom and strength, so immediate "help" may actually steal the incipient blessing. Because God does not need my help, but I definitely need God's.
So as I follow the news on the Florida State University shooting this morning I know I can trust God to wrap a lot of frightened people in His Love: students, instructors, administration and staff, parents, law enforcement and local residents. I'm hoping none of the names of the injured is familiar to us, but I'm acutely aware that what will be a relief to us does not diminish the experience of each person touched by this, including the family of the shooter.
I think I need a little time reading Psalm 46 which begins: God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Then, if my hands or feet are needed, I'll be fueled up and ready to go.