What If?

What if I had never had polio and almost died, what if I had married the right man the first time, what if I had never arrived on Waco’s doorstep and met a man who set my feet on the path to do what the Lord has always intended me to do?  What if?  Don’t tell me you have never wondered what things you could have changed and still be where the Lord designed you to be.  I have asked myself these questions many times as I have many things I would like to do over and yet I think I finally under-stand that the value of your life is affected by the things you go through and overcome.  As God gives you insight you are able, hopefully, to pass that on to others as He always intended you should do.  Plus, if you are like many in this world, you truly want to do what you were created to do and you want the Lord to be pleased with the fruits of your labor.

Okay, that’s a great statement and master plan, but how do we know when we are hearing from the Lord and when He has something special that only we can do?  That’s a much harder question to answer because I still, after all the many things that have happened to me, ask that question.  Well,, I will tell you one thing – it is very much past my bedtime and I am ready to go to sleep, but the Lord made me turn my computer back on (did you get that word – made).  While it is true that I will probably not finish this message tonight it will in all likelihood be that I will hear more as I sleep and the Lord will expect me to remember what He says.  That is when he talks the most to me – maybe because I am not trying to lay out my own pattern for my time when I have shut down for the day.  When is your special time, one in which you are still and listening?  It probably doesn’t happen every day, but what causes you to know that it is His voice you are hearing?

It will be different for each one of us depending on what type of thing He wants us to do and when.  You may be in the middle of a project when something momentarily stops you to make a note for yourself.  Matthew recorded the words of Jesus, himself – But when they deliver you up, do not worry about how or what you should speak. For it will be given to you in that hour what you should speak; for it is not you who speak, but the Spirit of your Father, who speaks in you (10:19-20).  I realize that was for a specific occasion that those words were spoken, but I believe that our Lord is always ready to speak when we will allow it.  John tells us that when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come (16:13).  You will have to admit that when you have those moments when things are not clear it would be nice to know that our Lord will speak for you.

It makes me sad to think that there are still people in this world who don’t know that we have a Heavenly Father who loves us.  My small efforts cannot change our world, but I do know that our prayers can move mountains and our few words can bring joy to another heart.  My prayer, at this moment, is that the Lord I love will show me how to make a difference in someone’s life; that He will help me to see and recognize in my own busy life the times when someone who is near needs a word of comfort and hope.

Dear friends, we cannot know no matter what the newspapers and TV tell us, just when the final curtain will come down on our lives or that of those who desperately need to know our Lord and Savior.  Will we have done our job well or will we shed tears over what we did not do?

Just as I am! Thou wilt receive,
Wilt welcome, pardon, cleanse, relieve;
Because Thy promise I believe,
O Lamb of God, I come, I come.