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Do you have time?
God will get our attention one way or another.
I said "Lord, in my spare time, between school, spending time with my husband, working from 8 to 6, and trying to coordinate a program for my community to help our children do better, I will help you look. See, I know I can't go right now cause I have so much to do."
He said, "Well,
where shall I find such a person? I thought I saw your name on my list
of available people."
"Well Lord, that was the prayer that I prayed last year, but since then, things have changed."
He said, "Like
"Well I'm working
on my Ph.D. and I'm needed by so many people and my husband is always
wanting something done, and on top of that my community EXPECTS me to
help and give to them so..."
"Well, seeing that you're busy, I'll let you go, but we will talk again, if YOU have some time."
I went on through
the days, and the weeks, and the months completing my task as always.
One evening, while studying for my comp exams, I received a call from
the hospital concerning my husband. He had been in a terrible accident
and was in critical condition. I dropped everything and ran to the hospital
where I found my husband hanging on for dear life.
begin to pray "Lord, don't take him now, I can't bare it."
In my mind, I
begin praying, praying hard, but my prayer echoed again and I found myself
upset at God because he was no where to be found.
from my exams, I called into work because I was so distraught at all that
was going on. I explained to my supervisor what had happened and she demanded
that I take some time off.
After visiting my husband in the hospital that evening, I went home and fell into a sunken state crying and despairing. Just then I heard someone calling my name.
"Lord, is that
"Well yes it is.
Do YOU have some time? I wanted to see if I could just talk ..... "
Instead of waiting
to hear His questions, I lashed out in anger and resentment.
The Lord interrupted
me in my foolish speaking. "My child, I was busy, out looking for someone
to go and tell others about me when you cried. By the time I came to answer,
you had moved on to something else. So, I decided to let your husband
rest, and keep you home for a few days. That way MAYBE you would get in
touch with Me, if YOU had some time. For you see, before your husband,
your school, or your job needs you, I NEED YOU. And if all these things
take you away from Me, I have to almost take them away from YOU, in order
to get a moment. "
I calmed down
and began to cry. For I remembered my prayer of wanting to go and do for
He said "I just
wanted to recheck with you to see if you knew of ANYONE that I could send
to be a witness for Me and tell others about Me. .. any one at all....?"
With tears in my eyes and feeling so unworthy I said "Lord, send me, I'll go."
God should never
have to ask us if we have some time.
-- author unknown