Christmas Craft Fair
- Monday, November 27, 2006
"Well, Lord," I thought to myself, "You are a God of miracles, and with You, all things are possible. You know that my weakness is public speaking. Yet, for some reason, Kim became sick. I will have to rely on YOU to give me the words and courage to do the job. Please show me what You would have me to say, and then please give me the strength and courage to do it."
Realizing that I would not have the time to write something myself, I started to look through children's devotional books, hoping to just be able to read something and comment. Then the phone rang again. I shuddered as I realized that it might be another problem. "No," I thought, "I refuse to give in to discouragement. This event will be what The Lord wants. I will have no expectations" ("My soul, wait thou only upon God, for my expectation is from Him" Psalm 62:5).
"Hello, this is Liz," the caller responded as I answered the ringing phone. She, also, was one of the homeschoolers who had signed up for the day's events.
"Hello, Liz." I tried to sound enthusiastic and happy to hear her voice, yet anticipating the worst. "How are you? Is everything OK?"
"Well, I just want to apologize to you for not cleaning the bathrooms outside the multi-purpose room," Liz started. "It's our family's turn this month to do them each week and I don't know what happened. For some reason, this past weekend we forgot. But I promise to go up early and get them done for today's craft fair. I just wanted you to know that, and not to worry if they were dirty, and that I would take care of it."
I paused for a moment as I tried to take in what she was saying. The bathrooms--why would I be concerned with the bathrooms? They were the least of my worries! In fact, the bathrooms never even entered my mind!
"Oh, Liz," I said, as I could not hold back my laughter. "Please don't give it a second thought. I'm sure that no one will even notice!" What a precious sister in the Lord, I thought, to care about something like that. "In fact, please don't even go up early to do them. I want you and your children to have a good time today, and for you not to feel rushed or hurried! Please forget the bathrooms for now, and I'll see you at eleven!"
"OK," she responded with relief, "I just felt that I should call and tell you that. I don't know what happened. We NEVER forget our church cleaning responsibilities! Is there anything else I can do to help you?"
I looked at the clock. It was already 9:45 and I had to leave in half an hour. "Not unless you have a devotional handy," I said jokingly. "Kim just called before you, and the poor thing was up all night with a stomach virus. She had kindly agreed to do a devotional today, but for obvious reasons, will not even be able to attend."
"Oh," Liz responded, "I have a devotional that I could do. I just did a three-minute one for the Ladies' Missionary Fellowship. I don't know if it's what you're thinking, but I'd be willing to do it, if you'd like."
If I'd like!!! "Oh, Lord," I thought to myself, "You DO care! You sent me Liz!" I could barely hold back my enthusiasm as I quickly acknowledged her offer and thanked her for her willingness to help! I hung up the phone and just sat on the edge of my bed for a few moments. And then the thought crossed my mind: "Liz didn't forget. The Lord erased her memory… just so she could help me with the devotional!" What an amazing and gracious Lord we serve! To use something like "BATHROOMS" to give me spiritual insight!
Yesterday's Sunday school lesson on Esther came back to me. "…and who knoweth whether thou art come to the kingdom for such a time as this?" (Esther 4:14b) The Lord cared about something so trivial as a devotional (what may seem small to some, may be a mountain to others). And He uses just the right person to fill in the gaps. He moves in each person's life to bring about HIS perfect plan. Sometimes this involves weaving lives together for a special purpose, accomplishing something unique in each one.
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