I can't believe it has been twenty days since I posted!! Been working more. Had a sick husband. Have a teenage son who ties up the phone for hours. So my PC time has been rather limited. But today is slow and easy. And today I have been reading and thinking again. We all know what a dangerous combination that is!
This is another joke from ArcaMax. Hope it blesses you as it blessed me.
A woman was at work when she received a phone call that her daughter was very sick with a fever. She left her work and stopped by the pharmacy to get some medication for her daughter.
When returning to her car she found that she had locked her keys in the car. She was in a hurry to get home to her sick daughter.
She didn't know what to do, so she called her home and told the baby sitter what had happened and that she did not know what to do. The baby sitter told her that her daughter was getting worse.
She said, "You might find a coat hanger and use that to open the door."
The woman looked around and found an old rusty coat hanger that had been thrown down on the ground, possibly by someone else who at some time or other had locked their keys in their car.
Then she looked at the hanger and said, "I don't know how to use this."
So she bowed her head and asked God to send her some help. Within five minutes an old rusty car pulled up, with a dirty, greasy, bearded man who was wearing an old biker skull rag on his head.
The woman thought, "This is what you sent to help me?" But, she was desperate, so she was also very thankful.
The man got out of his car and asked her if he could help. She said, "Yes, my daughter is very sick. I stopped to get her some medication and I locked my keys in my car. I must get home to her. Please, can you use this hanger to unlock my car?"
He said, "Sure". He walked over to the car, and in less than one minute the car was opened.
She hugged the man and through her tears she said, "Thank you so much! You are a very nice man."
The man replied, "Lady, I am not a nice man. I just got out of prison today. I was in prison for car theft and have only been out for about an hour."
The woman hugged the man again and with sobbing tears cried out loud, "Oh, Thank you God! You even sent me a Professional!"
Oh, sure, it's a joke. But it's another prime example of how God really works. This woman may have pictured in her mind as she prayed God sending a police car or a wrecker/lock service. We all tend to pray with expectations of how God will/may answer. And if we aren't careful, we'll limit the vastness of His response with our own prayers! Or we will be so focused on looking for the answer we expect that we will won't see His response when it comes.
This woman is to be commended on both counts. First, she prayed for help. She didn't specify, qualify or limit the help in her prayer. And secondly, when the help came, though surprised, she accepted it and recognized it for what it was.
As to the man....sounds as if he had no idea he was being used of God. And many times we don't realize we are being used of God. God is Lord over all. The wicked. The pure. The lost. The saved. Some acknowledge Him and some don't....but that doesn't change the fact that He is Lord.
The man didn't view himself as nice. He didn't feel worthy. Worthy of her praise. Worthy to be used of God. Are you like the man in some respect? Do you doubt that God can use you? Do you think you have done things that disqualify you from being used of God? Think again!
God knows where you have been and what you have done. And like the man in the joke, even if you have done things that were wrong, sinful things, God can use you and your experience to help someone else. No one knows better how to help someone out of a pit then one who has been in that pit. Don't limit God's use of you! God does work all things together for the good of those who love Him!