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So, how many times has someone crossed your mind:
I ought to call Jill and see how the interview went.
I really should stop by and see Jane and the baby.
Maybe I'll send Jack a note later.
Wonder if Pam would like one of these, too?
If it weren't so late, I'd take that neighbor a plate and visit.
The list goes on and on and is often very long. Thought of others. Good intentions. Little nudges that creep into our day as we go about the business of living.
So, how often do you actually do the thing that crossed your mind?! Ouch. The list is relatively short. Maybe 10-20% of all the thoughts actually are acted upon. At least for me. What about you?
There are numerous reasons we can't/don't act on all those thoughts:
They'd think we were crazy.
It's none of my business.
I don't have the time today.
I'm really short on cash. Better wait.
My car isn't running very well.
Spouse wouldn't understand.
You get the idea. I know them all. I've used them all. But thank God in Heaven sometimes I don't!!!!! Sometimes I actually do the thing that comes to mind. Many times I feel some appreciation for the thing, and that's all. But then there are the times when I get to glimpse/know the result......and praise be to God!!
I'll share a few briefly with you. (Names have been changed or omitted.)
Once, I could not attend my Sunday School class and arrived only in time for Worship. All morning a couple in our area had been heavy on my mind. Recent injury and surgery. I walked up to my Sunday School teacher, Sharon. We both started to speak at the same time. She had asked in SS for someone to organize to fix food for this family and visit them. She had no takers. So they had prayed that God touch & lead the right person to do so. I had approached Sharon to ask her could we do some ministry/outreach like a meal to this family. We both got goosebumps standing on that sidewalk, as we realized how God had it all in play. I organized and delivered a meal. Expressed our love and concern to them. When he had recovered enough from surgery, they visited our church. Later they accepted Christ, rededicated their lives and became members. Thank you God for allowing me some small part in that!!!
A good while back a dear woman I go to church with had been extremely sick. In and out of hospitals. Often out of church. No real and solid answers or help for her condition. I was praying for the names on my prayer list. Nell was on there, of course. I kept getting a strong feeling to call her. I thought I'd disturb her rest, no way to know the right time to call. The feeling just stayed so very persistent. I finally gave in and called. Nell had been feeling lonely, hopeless and useless. Like a burden to her family. Her thoughts had been suicidal. She had been praying for God to send her someone. God thank you for sending me!!!
E-cards. I love them. Quick and easy way to let someone know you care. I had been praying for some online friends yesterday. Decided that some might could use a little cheer, a note and so I sent some e-cards. Two I started NOT to send.
One because the woman isso very strong in the Lord, I couldn't imagine her having a need. But her name kept leaping out of my address book and I sent one. Here is her reply: "I really needed that at that moment! Rough day here at work. Had to go outside and take a few moments to pray and calm down. When I came back inside I checked my email and there was your sweet card. Thanks. God always knows when to send an angel to pick us up when we need it and He knows exactly when to send His blessings. "
As for the other, I knew of no specific need in her life. But, again, the name just seemed to call from my address book. So I breathed a silent prayer for her and sent her a card. Here is her reply, "What made you send me that card? I ask because I sent a prayer up to God yesterday. I guess you could call it a prayer more like a whine or moan with tears streaming down my face... "
I hope no one will be offended I used their story anonymously. And I hope you don't get the wrong idea. This entry is not about me...it is about how God can use a weak, cracked, dull vessel to touch a life for a moment or for eternity. It is not who we are, it is who God is. God makes all the difference!!