I thought I had blown it when in fact I was more prepared than ever.
Last Friday, I was up and out of the house early. On Friday’s, I usually go to the grocery story, run errands, have lunch with my husband or a friend, or I’m flying out of town for an event. This Friday, my first stop was for toiletries.
Just as I was turning into Target, my cell phone rang.
The voice on the other end was familiar. It was my husband. “Do you have somewhere to be today?”
“Nope. Why?” I asked
“I just got a call from a gal named Christy from Metro Baptist wondering where their speaker was.” he answered.
“OH MY GOSH!!” I SCREAMED IN PANIC.
Somehow I had gotten my days mixed up. I had the event on my calendar for the 6th of February, but for some unknown reason I thought that fell on Saturday.
Panic struck my entire being. Horrifying memories of forgetting my child at school rushed through my mind. It’s true. I have forgotten my child before, but never an engagement! Glory, have mercy!
At the same time, I was praising Jesus that I was showered and dressed! Most days, I’m in my Pj’s until noon! I suppose I could have spoken in brown pajama pants with blue poke-a-dots and my furry slippers; Lysa did once!
“Well, what are you going to do?” inquired my husband.
“I’m going straight there.” I replied. “Will you call her back and let her know I’m on my way?”
The bible says we are to be prepared to give a testimony for the hope that is within us. (1 Peter 3:16, my paraphrase).
As you know, I’ve taken the SPAM challenge. SPAM stands for Spiritual Preparation And Mediation; or taking time off from secular things to mediate more on God and His Word. So, I’ve been “spam-ing.”
And it paid off—BIG TIME!
That day, I didn’t have time to go home, gather my notes, bible or even change clothes. I went straight to the church, asked to borrow a Bible, and spoke without an outline or note. God came through— without my plans or program!
I’ve always known that God is the true communicator. I’ve experienced that truth time and again. This time, however, He was teaching me that I didn’t need to depend on anything but Him—especially when I’ve taken the time to sit at His feet.
When you and I drink from the fountain of God’s word, we are promised that rivers of life will flow through us—quenching, satisfying, and nourishing others.
As Christians, we are meant to feast on the Word of God so that we can feed others. I have 18 years of bible study under my belt, but that doesn’t mean I can live on reserve. I absolutely cannot! I must seek God daily.
This nearly always requires leaving behind ordinary, mediocre, and average living. Doing so doesn’t make us super-saints. No. God tends to use ordinary people who are simply pursuing a bigger life for Jesus with all their hearts!
SPAM on, girls!