Thursday, December 10, 2009

Crossing the Jordan

This isn't the Jordan River, but it is a river in Colorado and represents water flowing from the mountains above. I can't imagine stepping onto the water, hoping it will part so that I can cross it. I think it would be easy to stand back on the shore and say, "sure I've got lots of faith, but you go first." Kinda like the Monday morning quarterback. How many times in my own life, when the Lord has asked me to step out in faith, have I said, "Please Lord part the waters first?" I've got lots of faith Lord, but will you help me, show me another sign. One that's safe. Not so easy, is it. I love the way God uses me to bring people to him. One of my prayers is give me someone to bless today. And every single day He does. Some days I don't realize it until much later in the day. It is never like the parting of waters, it may be someone who needs a ride home. The other day I visited a friend who is incarcerated in the county jail. When I came back outside, I was making mental notes of things I needed to do for my friend. I wasn't paying any attention to my surroundings. A lady approached me, and asked if I could give her a ride back to her apartment. I said no, without even looking at her. After all, I was too busy. I'm interviewing people for the book I'm writing. I was late for one of those appointments. I had many other projects waiting at home. I was just too busy that day. Driving to her apartment was not part of my plan. Where is her apartment? I'm sure it's not convenient for me. However, I turned back around to face her. She was carrying a large paper bag full of her possessions. She said, "if you could wait just a second, I'll run across the street to the pawn shop." I knit my brows, "why would you do that?" She continued, "so I can pay you $20 for gas." I shook my head, and motioned for her to follow me while I found my car. As we were walking, I asked her if she was visiting someone in jail. She shook her head, "no, I just got out." On the way to her apartment we prayed. And a little later, after I dropped her off, I thanked the Lord for sending me someone to bless. Sometimes the leap of faith the Lord asks us to take, is just a tiny baby step. I almost tripped that day during my walk. I had to reschedule my appointments that day, but I was able to finish all the other projects and deadlines waiting for me. Thank you Lord for blessing me------don't wait for the waters to part.


Carol J. Garvin said...

What a blessing it was for that woman that God placed you right where you needed to be when she most needed someone like you. Sometimes it's hard to see past the busy-ness that preoccupies us to the real life that God has waiting for us, isn't it?

Karen Lange said...

What a good post:) I can see myself in that situation, being too busy...good for you, you listened to the Lord and were able to bless someone. Blessings to you and your readers! :)

Kathryn Neff Perry said...

Carol, it was funny because she said I feel so alone. I reminded her God puts people in our lives when we need them. She told me she was scared----I had several opportunities to share with her that day. I have a different business card that I share with people when I'm speaking or book signings---one that only has my web site and blog listed---the card I gave her had my home phone # on it!!!! Must have been a God thing too :D

Kathryn Neff Perry said...

Karen, thanks for your comments. I think everyone has a "I'm too busy" story. Why do we let ourselves get like that? I thought once I left the corporate world for retirement my life would slow down. My husband tells our friends has has to make an appointment with me!!!

Crittersister said...

My Dear Katt!

You have been a blessing to me in the very short time I've known you (via facebook). I feel like we've been friends for a very long time! I thank the Lord for our meeting and the love we share for His dear animals!

Kathryn Neff Perry said...

Carolyn, you are a blessing to me too. I love what you are doing with my furry friends. It breaks my heart when animals are mistreated---they can't fight for themselves. Thank God, literally for people who share your heart!
Love you sweetie