January 18, 2018
“Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.” Proverbs 3:5-6 (NIV)
It all started the day God told me to give away my Bible.
I was exhausted from traveling and speaking. All I wanted was to get to my assigned seat on the plane and settle in for a long winter’s nap. I was just about to close my eyes when two last-minute passengers made their way to my row and took their seats.
I reluctantly decided to forgo my nap, opting instead to pull a manuscript out of my bag and read. I didn’t want to chance the embarrassment of falling asleep on anyone’s shoulder.
When the guy sitting beside me asked what I was working on, I told him I was a writer and I was working on a book about leading women to the heart of God. He smiled and said he thought God was a very interesting topic. I agreed and asked him a few questions about his beliefs. Before long, I found myself reaching into my bag and pulling out my Bible, walking him through some key verses that dealt with the issues he was facing. He kept asking questions, and I kept praying God would give me answers.
All of a sudden, I felt God tugging at my heart to give this man my Bible. Now, this was not just any Bible. This was my everyday, highlighted, underlined, written-in, tear-stained Bible. My kids had even drawn pictures in this Bible. I started to argue with God in my head, but His message was clear. I was to give away my Bible.
I emptied it, took a deep breath, and placed it in the man’s hands. “I’d like for you to have my Bible,” I said. Astonished, he started to hand it back to me, saying he couldn’t possibly accept such a gift. “God told me to give it to you,” I insisted. “Sometimes, the God of the universe pauses in the midst of all His creation to touch the heart of one person. Today, He paused for you.”
The man took my Bible and made two promises. First, he said he would read it, and second, someday he would pass it on, doing for someone else what I’d done for him.
As I got off the plane that day, my heart felt conflicting emotions. While on one hand I was overjoyed at what God had done, I was also brokenhearted by the flood of thoughts that came to mind recounting times I’d told God no.
I just kept wondering, How many times have I told You “no,” God? How many times because I was too tired, too insecure, too uncertain, too busy, or too selfish have I walked right past Your divine appointment for me and missed experiencing You?
About a month later, the businessman I had given my Bible to called. We had exchanged business cards, and he wanted to tell me how his life had totally changed. He had taken a week off from work to read the Bible, and he’d already shared his testimony with numerous people. He also told me that after reading the Scriptures he knew he needed to get involved in a church. God was definitely pursuing him in a serious way. And I was blessed and amazed by the way this man was responding.
When I asked him what his favorite verse was, he said it was Proverbs 3:5-6: “Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.”
What a perfect verse to represent what God had asked of me.
When God impressed on my heart to give this man my Bible, I didn’t know what would happen. He could have thrown my Bible into the nearest airport trash can, for all I knew. Normally, I would have come up with a hundred reasons not to give my Bible away, but that day something changed in me. For the first time, I chose to be a woman who’d do whatever the Lord asked of me. A woman who wants to continue seeing God work miracles through small acts of obedience.
Lord, please forgive me for all of the times I have told You no. Right now, I say “yes,” Lord. Even before I know what You might ask me to do. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
TRUTH FOR TODAY:
John 2:5, “His mother said to the servants, ‘Whatever He says to you, do it.’” (NIV)
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REFLECT AND RESPOND:
Is there anything God has been nudging you to do that you keep hesitating to follow through on? Prayerfully ask Him to help you say “yes” to Him today.
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Originally published Thursday, 18 January 2018.