Today, I woke up feeling like I had a bright, new day, full of possibilities. Like the morning dew that forms on the soft, green carpet of grass or the glimmer of sunshine that appears with each morning sunrise, I felt refreshed and ready to take on the day. My goal was to make a difference in someone’s life, to take a kindness received yesterday and pay it forward.
As I leaped out of bed and made my way to the coffee pot, I could already feel my energy begin to wane. I quickly grabbed a tall, Snoopy Christmas mug in hopes of maintaining some of that energy that was fading away quickly. I closed the kitchen cupboard door, walked to the coffee pot and poured the dark, Columbian brew into the mug. I took a sip of the “elixir of life” hoping to revive my weary body and soul , getting wearier by the moment.
Taking the mug into the living room, I began to pray “Papa (my pet name for my Father in heaven), who will you have me bless today? What can I do for you today? I’m fading fast. This illness of mine robs me of strength and desire to do your will. Please be my strength and give me your desire. In Jesus I come before you, my Papa. Amen.
When we pray, it is not always answered in a way we want or expect, however, it is answered. Today, my answer was, “Yes, Child, I will use you. I will be your strength and will give you the desire.” You see, my family was going one way and I was going another. I was going to minister to a lonely mother of a child with special needs. My family was going to have a delightful night out to eat a steak dinner and then onto a fishing excursion. Most times, family time is something we do together and that is sacrosanct. Tonight would be an exception to that rule. For what reason, I don’t know. I will just obey.
Tonight, when I get back in my very comfortable bed, I will pray a prayer of thanksgiving for strength, desire and being used by God to make a difference in someone’s life today. And it just doesn’t get any better than that.
Till we meet again!