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Sunday, May 10, 2009

Open My Eyes...And Let Me See....


Today in church a friend of mine sat next to me...she looked so sad... She did not come to Sunday school and I called her up and told her I missed her and to get her bottom to class..... of course I was kidding about the get your bottom part....and later she surprised me in Church.... I have not seen this incredibly sweet lady in over a month....I was getting concerned... She had been growing in her faith and is getting very close (I Believe) to accepting Jesus as her personal Savior... In addition to being in my Sunday school class with her husband - she had been going to our woman's Bible study on Sunday nights.. She has became so involved in our church she started a sewing group geared towards making baby preemie clothes and lovey dolls.... so when she all together stopped coming, I knew something is up...
I know from personal experience that when you start coming closer to Christ - Satan starts trying to put up the road blocks... interfering in your marriage, your employment, your friends, and just about anything that can pull you down... I truly believe my friend is going through some major spiritual warfare....
I was very happy to see many of the other women in our congregation step up to her. First time was at prayer time....a woman's leader in our church came over and asked if she could pray with us.... and after Church I saw that a few other ladies came to visit her... She needs to know that she is loved for who she is.... missed when she is gone....and lifted up in prayer when she needs it. She needs to know we are here....for her...
A few times she has called me to get together.... for a coffee, for lunch, and just to come over and hang out.... each time I had to refuse because I was very busy working and could not get away.... but you know what...? Today I realized that I have to get away at times... I know now she was reaching out to me.... She knows that she and I have a good connection...and she knows that I love her...but I believe she needed me and I did not see..... or listen....
I learned a lesson today....I need to stop thinking about my wants.. my needs... at all times.... I need to be the person God is calling me to be..... I told her I want to get together with her this week... she said that would be great....
Today is Mother's Day and I learned that her mother had passed away a couple of years ago and today was hard... There are many things that have gotten difficult in her life.. she has shared a few things...and I know with the support of her husband, her sisters in Christ, and Christ Himself she can overcome them..... she just needs to trust in Him...with the help of a few friends..
The Lord is my strength and my shield; My heart trusted in Him, and I am helped; Therefore my heart greatly rejoices, And with my song I will praise Him" (Psalm 28:7).


4 comments:

  1. Good for you for calling her and for being alert to the spiritual warfare that happens. It's something I need to pray for - to always be alert to those kinds of things, because on my own I'm often oblivious.

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  2. Yes, good for you! We all need to be more alert of others and less concerned about us but we all have issues with that. What a wonderful support system this lady has though through your church. With prayer and support she will make it through this storm! You are a wonderful friend and she is very blessed to have you.

    I love that song, it is so beautiful!

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  3. This convicted me of the times I have been "too busy" to respond to a need...I loved the line..
    "I need to stop thinking about my wants.. my needs... at all times.... I need to be the person God is calling me to be."

    Amen!

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  4. oh how my heart was touched because of what I have read here this morning. First thing, yes, I will be, and have already just prayed for your sister's upcoming surgery. I know the worry of brain surgery( my brother endured many years and trials of cancer), but I know the grace and peace of God in that worry.. Just rest in His peace, sister, and let the prayers of Gods people surround your heart in the wait..
    Blessings
    karen
    http://www.karensthreadsofhope.blogspot.com

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