Tuesday, February 5, 2019

A Small Gesture, and Prayers To Be Prayed"

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"A Small Gesture, and Prayers To Be Prayed"

     It might be considered a small gesture.  However, it did not feel like it.

    We washed some large blankets too big for our dryer to accommodate.  I decided to take the items to a local laundromat that has industrial sized equipment.  As I entered the business with my basket occupying both hands, a lady inside saw me and opened the door for me.  I thanked her profusely, and while we didn't have opportunity for conversation, she will be someone for whom I will have prayerful conversation with the Lord in days to come.
  "There is a lad here, which hath five barley loaves, and two small fishes: but what are they among so many?" (John 6:9).
  "I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all" (I Timothy 2:1).

   First, the small gesture.  I grow more and more convinced that life far more involves countless little things, as opposed to the relatively few big issues and events that happen.  Whenever we have opportunity to love God and people in matters that seem insignificant, we can be sure that great significance actually characterizes the moment.  From our Heavenly vantage point, we may look back on earthly days in the realization that the most seemingly inconsequential event actually bore eternal weight and magnitude.  Few considerations more remind us of the gift of God's meticulous involvement in all things.  I have no doubt that the aforementioned lady's kindness proceeded from God's heart to her heart, and then to mine (especially since I have the opportunity to tell you about it!).  "Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights" (James 1:17).  Yes, a small gesture that seemed - and was - large in my heart.

   Now, about that prayerful conversation.  Again, I did not have opportunity to further converse with the kind lady after thanking her.  However, I can have conversation with God for her.  Think about that.  Our Heavenly Father calls us to seek His grace and working "for all."  I may never see the lady again.  However, I can seek the working of the One who sees  her perfectly, and loves her even more.  I suspect I will never pass by that laundromat without thinking about her and asking the Lord to work in her heart and life.  Far more importantly, I have even less doubt that the Lord will answer those prayers for the glory of the Lord Jesus and the lady's benefit.

   I've said it for years, and believe it now more than ever.  If we could fully understand and assimilate all of God's Biblical truth about prayer, it would kill us.  We would not do anything else.  We would not eat and we would not sleep until we died with hungry and weary, but praying lips.  This is not the Lord's will for us, so He measures the bestowal of Light about this most wondrous of gifts.  I have also long maintained that life is about the little things, so much so that the big things pale in comparison.  A kind lady, led by a kind God, caused me to ponder again such blessed truth.  I am grateful, and I also thank the Lord for the privilege of sharing this with you, and for prayers to be prayed in times to come.

"A little One shall become a thousand, and a small One a strong nation.  I the Lord will hasten it."
(Isaiah 60:22)
"I thank my God, making mention of thee always in my prayers."
(Philemon 1:4)

Weekly Memory Verse
   Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such a one in the spirit of meekness, considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted.
(Galatians 6:1)

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