During the holidays, I had the privelege of volunteering at the Community Christmas Shoppe, a church-run program which sets up one-day shoppes around the county each Christmas. Then, local needy parents are invited to come “shop” for donated toys for their children at no charge. My “job” was personal shopper. I was assigned a young, single mom. I walked her around the shoppe, helping her pick out the toys she needed. Then I escorted her to a separate room where I was supposed to offer to pray for her.
Now here is where I need to be completely honest. I was just in a mood that night. I didn’t feel like praying for a complete stranger. I know, it’s terrible, but that’s the fact. I was feeling inadequate and a bit shy about offering. But, I had signed up, so I forced myself to ask her if she would like me to pray for her.
She gladly accepted the offer explaining that she was in desparate need of job. I asked her what her skills were and what city she lived in. She told me her experience was in medical office work and that gave me an idea. I knew of a doctor in her city that frequently needed new office staff. He also happened to attend my church. As it happened, she had already applied at that same office but was not chosen for the position. She also mentioned that her young son was bussed to an after-school program that was rather far from where he attended school, which made it difficult for her to balance working and picking up her son at a decent time of night. I took her name and promised to talk to my friend, the doctor, who had not hired her. Then I prayed for her and she left.
I honestly don’t know what I was thinking! Who was I to go bothering a respectable doctor about who he should hire? But I was overtaken with boldness and on Sunday morning, I mentioned her to my friend, the doctor. He remembered her and said she was their second pick. He promised if there was another opening he would keep her in mind.
Well, that was all back in early December. Then two weeks ago, I got a call from the doctor. Did I have the name of the woman who needed a job back in December? I went through all of my phone contacts and notes but could not find her information! I was so disappointed! But after searching through all of the office files, the doctor came across her information and hired her!
Today, I had an appointment, met her again for the first time since December, and she told me the rest of her story. It turns out that the original job she had applied for in December was no longer available but this new position had better hours. She would now be working hours that allowed her to drop her son off at school in the morning and pick him up in the afternoon. Meanwhile, her son got accepted into a neighborhood after-school program that was next door to his school.
Then she said to me that she had been so worried when all the while God just wanted her to trust him. She continued, “God was just saying, ‘I’ve got your back!’”
His blessings were more than she had ever imagined.
I was reminded today that prayer is powerful. I was humbled to be a part of a blessing God was preparing for this woman. And though I wasn’t “in the mood” to pray, back in December, I was obedient.
How about you? Are you obedient to God’s promptings? Are you putting yourself “out there” for Christ. Because I want you to know, God’s got your back!