Sunday, August 3, 2008

A Greater Need

I haven't been to church three of the past four Sundays due to taking care of my nephew and another temp job. I thought tonight would be a good time to go to the much smaller evening service for a spiritual shot in the arm. Imagine my surprise when I walked in, and our pastor pulled me aside and asked me to....babysit. I had been doing that all day!

A man came to the service tonight with his four sons, thinking there would be childcare. He has only been to our church a couple of times. Our pastor, wisely sensing that the man's need to be ministered to was much greater than my own, asked me to keep an eye on the boys for the hour.

God is so wise. He provides for my needs before I even know what they are or can vocalize them. He also gives me a push when I need to be serving others and letting Him worry about my own stuff. I got two pushes this weekend alone.

Yesterday, I was called to visit two sick church members in the hospital who are older people I don't know well. I didn't want to go; I didn't know what to say. Yet, awkward as I felt being out of my comfort zone, I was also humbled to have earned this level of trust amongst my peers. It took just minutes of my time to let these two people know that their church family cares about them.

I can't wait for my next opportunity to serve others by being the hands and feet of Christ. What an honor.


Ruth said...

I'm so glad I finally found your blog. Your story is such a blessing. In the natural you could have been upset about your Pastor asking this of you. You came with a need. How good it is see God's provision even in something that seems out of place at first. God met both the need of the gentleman that came and yours as well.

Karyn said...

I have just read your blog for the first time, and I am very moved by your stories and inspired by your strength! In my Bible study this week,I learned that God creates us with a hole (desire) in our heart that is His exact shape. He does this because he wants us to desire Him. We spend our lives trying to fill that hole and find satisfaction, when only He can fill it! I can really relate to this and since I find that you and I have a lot in common, I'm hoping that you can,too! Thanks for sharing! Karyn (IlovebeingaMomof4)