Saturday, February 06, 2010
I have never been what I would call a "religious" person, although I do have my own strong beliefs. Saying that, I will add that I never thought I would be relating a life changing experience that God has given me. But it happened.
Not long ago, a friend gave me a very little book titled "The Prayer of Jabez". The entire book explains a one sentence prayer by Jabez, a less than notable character in the Bible. Simply put the prayer asks God to bless him, give him what he wants, expand his territory, and keep him from evil things. It all sounded very selfish to me at first until I put that together with other passages which say the God is just waiting for us to ask, and it will be given.
I now start each day with that prayer(not just reciting the words but really PRAYING it). In the last week my territory has started to enlarge. By that I mean my personal contacts with people who need help seem to just happen to come into my life. I can't believe that it is totally by accident that they are guided to me.
One quick example: A lady in the town I live is in need of a prosthetic eye. She has no insurance and can not afford to pay the entire costs involved. Some one she knows in a town on the other side of the state suggested she contact her local Lions Club (I am the president of the club here). She called and as we were talking, we realized that we actually know each other. Needless to say I will do all I can to help her. I took her the form our club needs to evaluate requests for assistance and went one step further (which she does not know about yet). Since I work at an eye clinic, I have some contacts that most others don't. I made some calls and now have other people in the eyecare profession looking for more sources of help for her.
I am excited beyond words how God works when we ask sincerely!!! Now I'm just waiting and looking for my next opportunity to expand my territory and let God work through me.