Sunday, November 30, 2008

Taking The Time

Today I was presented with an opportunity that often presents itself to me and yet I will blow by because I am too busy.... While I was in church this morning, working in the nursery, I felt the need to return the "wine" for the Lord's Supper back to the auditorium. For some reason this morning the tray was left on the counter at the nursery and I felt the need to return it to where it belongs. One of the grandmother's of a nursery child was sitting in the hall with her cell phone out. I walked past her to the auditorium and dropped off the tray and on my way back I sensed that I needed to stop. There was a time this morning when she stopped by the nursery to check on her grandbaby and she seemed rather frazzled.

Well upon stopping I realized that this was on opportunity that God had needed to use me to reassure and pray with her. Come to find out upon further discussion another of her grandchildren was struggling and just this morning was in need of help! Through her tears we were able to share a moment in prayer oblivious of the service going on near us, just us and God pleading for comfort and strength. Now many of you do not know but I am not comfortable praying with strangers or out loud for that matter, but this morning I was compelled to lift her and her family up in prayer.

For the rest of the day I have pondered what would happen if I would slow down and take the time for God to use me for His purposes. I often fill my day with "junk" so that I do not have to see how much depravity is in my life. I need to constantly remind myself that I am His and not my own. Also, I have wondered how many times I have been too afraid to pray out loud and missed the opportunity to be used as a vessel for God's will. After today I have realized that I need to focus more on the opportunity that God presents me with to do His will.

I feel like this is unfinished and I will ponder more but for now I will leave you with this....


Lisa King said...

Dear Jules,
This message spoke directly to my heart. How often I find myself too busy to take the time to notice. Or too intimidated to pray in front of others. I love your blog and plan to follow along regulary. Looking forward to your trip to Fort Worth, Luv from your HQ sister

Anonymous said...

That's an awesome story Julie! How great is our God! :)

Kristi said...

Very ppwerful message, Julie. I am guilty of not slowing down as well. Your morning sounds like a blessing to many, especially that sweet lady.