“Bzzzzz,” vibrated my phone in the middle of Senior Theses presentations last night. A student was defending her claim about the on-going effects of the French Revolution, when I glanced over to see the name of the Middle School principal who interviewed me 6 weeks ago in Asheville, NC. However, since I was one of 2 judges, I couldn’t satisfy my curiosity at that moment.
By the time I WAS free; the civilized deadline for calling future bosses had come and gone. But patience has its rewards and the news was good this morning. I got the job! So thank you for your prayers. I will be teaching French to Middle-Schoolers in the fall.
Now don’t you feel encouraged? – You, the Church? I know that when I have prayed persistently and over a long period of time, my faith is strengthened upon learning how God has met the need of a brother or sister. Answered prayer makes me want to pray all the more! My unbelief is diminished and light expands to push back the dark corners of doubt.
On a side note, God DOES have a sense of humor. In our private prayers about this job, Mike and I had specifically asked God to provide me with a French job with a salary range of between X and Y. And the offer was X! (not a penny over). I think Mike was a bit disappointed at first. Who doesn’t hope for more? But I can picture God smiling, having arranged the sure way to keep our hope in HIM, the owner and provider of ALL our resources, and not in cash flow.
Despite this great news, I confess that I still struggle with fears and what ifs.
I know – you’re surprised!
You’d think that with this answered prayer, coming on the heels of last week’s offer on our current house (thank you, Father!), I’d not fear or worry about anything!
It’s true – I have to daily engage in the uphill hand- to- hand combat for faith. My French 4 girls and I have been translating a list of 10 Truths/Reminders about God. A young American pastor, Matt Reagan, compiled them in college when he realized that each morning he woke up having forgotten about God.
Demonic alchemy happens in the night and faith evaporates when that alarm goes off. We have to RE-MEMBER / RE-CONSTRUCT our faith-foundation all over again. It’s like putting on one’s defensive knight’s armor, piece by piece to engage the day.
Hence, my daily pondering of which promises/ truths encourage me the most: When the dark clouds of fear start rolling in, I push back firmly with the brilliant rays of God’s truths. Here are just 3 of those dailies:
· No good thing does God withhold from those whose way is upright (Ps 84:11)
· The Lord is with me, I will not fear; what can man do to me? (Psalm 118:6)
· God works all things for my good because I have been called by Him and I love Him (Romans 8:32)
Join with me and let’s undertake this challenge together: think about what daily spiritual vitamins protect you, feed you, strengthen you, empower you and share them. Let’s not be anemic, starving Christians, for want of the power available in God’s word.
For the word of God is alive and full of power.
PS: The French translate Jesus/the Logos in John 1 as ‘the verb’. Can’t you just picture active, coursing super-natural power?