Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning.
I fully understand that this verse refers to the gift of Jesus Christ. That nature has varying magnitudes of light, but God is the ultimate author of light and in Him there are no changes of brightness or clarity. There is no fluctuation of His character. But I also use this verse to remind me of my next good gift. This is Part 2 of “The Perfect and the Good”.
Back in early August, I posted Part 1 of this devotion on the importance of protecting the relationships that we have in people God has brought to us by praying to God that the relationships would always be kept from harm and that no influence would ever change that. This is because God Himself has brought to us these people to be a part of our life and our walk with God.
Today, I want to spend some time talking about the next good gift God has given me. Her name is Nancy. I don’t intend to use this blog to embarrass Nancy, but rather to give God the glory and praise for what He gave to me.
The story of our relationship is a long one, but I will try to shorten it up for the purpose of this blog. The blog is on prayer. When I came to know Jesus as my Lord and Savior back in July of 1999, it took some time to get to know others in my church. I wanted Christian friends, but didn’t know where to start. God had that all worked out.
On one particular Sunday, a woman at our Hospitality Desk greeted me and I walked over to talk with her. She told me that I knew her husband. I was a little surprised since this church was new to me and that it was some distance away from where I lived. Genny said that I knew her husband Dale and then she told me her last name. She was right. I hadn’t talked or even thought about her husband for over 30 years. We knew each other right after we graduated from high school and we worked together. So Genny and Dale and I became friends and I would frequently visit them at their home on the weekends for some fellowship and fun. This is where Nancy comes in. Nancy and Genny are sisters. Well, over a period of time, we all saw each other many times and I got to know Nancy as a very good friend.
I was single at the time and not really ready to look to have any dating relationship with anyone, yet the more I saw Nancy and more happy I was. I sought Godly counsel with my Pastor and my best friend and they both assured me that they believed God did not expect me to live a life like the Apostle Paul. That it would be OK if I asked Nancy out for a date. But it took me 6 months to do it. And God even had to intervene while I was driving to work. I’m slow to move at times.
One particular morning while driving to work, Nancy came into my mind and I began to get highly emotional. While driving, I began to weep. And I remember hearing in my spirit God saying to me, “It’s OK. I approve.” Well, I did ask her; Nancy agreed. The rest is history as they say. (I’ll let you in on a secret. Nancy even paid for our second date. We had Strawberry Shortcakes together. Yum!) Glory to God!!!
Where is the prayer in this story? It’s everywhere. When I got saved, I asked God to give me Christian friends to guide and disciple me. He did. I asked God to remove those friends from my life and my past that would be a hindrance to my relationship with Him. He did.
I found out from Nancy that she had been praying while she attended Bible College for God to send her HIS choice for her. Nancy told me that she remained single for that reason. God had not yet given her HIS choice. I continue to be overwhelmed, to this day, that I was God’s choice for her and that Nancy waited many years for me. We now have been married for 12 beautiful years.
This is a tribute to God who heard and answered our prayers. In some cases those prayers were heard and received many years ago. But God is faithful and Nancy remained steadfast in her belief that God would answer.
Take time each day and thank God for what He has given you. Remain steadfast in belief that God hears your prayers and He will answer them. Don’t give up. Keep praying.
Thank You Lord for the gifts You give to us. Thank You for hearing and answering our prayers. Thank You that You desire for us to be blessed beyond measure. Thank You Lord for Nancy. She makes my heart smile. Help me Lord to always remember where this gift came from and protect us as we walk together in love and service to You. Touch all of those reading this blog with a gift as glorious as mine. May our lives be a concert of praise to You. In Jesus Name. AMEN.
Don’t believe me, believe God!