…but He sent a hand messenger instead!
Just the other day, a dear friend texted to say that she really appreciated my friendship. She asked me to let her know what she could do for me as a token her of appreciation. I don’t think I’ve ever had to answer such a hard question in my life. I went back and forth trying to figure out what I could tell her. Eventually I decided that I would just let her know that I while I truly appreciated the gesture, she really didn’t have to do anything for me – just the thought was more than enough. Pause! With the quickness, God shut that plan down. I didn’t even have time to text her before he was checking me! Plainly, He said to me: “How dare you shut down what I have set up for you? Better yet, how dare you shut down what I have set up for her?” That spanking in the spirit led me to find out what I could about blessings in the Word. In Psalm 5:12, I read: For You, O LORD, will bless the righteous; with favor You will surround him as with a shield. Instantly, my mind went to all of the things I had before Him. I was earnestly seeking Him for so many things and favor in so many areas and here He was trying to bless me and I was literally about to abort the mission. But the flip side of that was that He was setting her up for a blessing as well.
Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” Luke 6:38
Wow! That gave me a whole new perspective! Not only could I be potentially shutting down my blessings but I could be stifling what God has for her…Needless to say, I asked God to show me what prayer He was using her to answer and that’s exactly what I asked her for. (And if you know anything about me, that didn’t come easy as I can be full of pride sometimes!)
This little lesson reminded me an old story that I am sure you too have heard many times before. It tells of a young man whose boat had crashed leaving him stranded in the middle of an ocean. Instantly knowing he needed divine intervention, he prayed, “God please save me!” Just minutes after his prayer, a boat came by to rescue the man but he wouldn’t get in the boat. He insisted, “I don’t need your boat, God is going to save me!” Again the man prayed, “God, please save me!” A few minutes passed and a helicopter came to his rescue but again the man refused to get in the helicopter. One hour later, the man started drifting towards a small island but he exclaimed, “I don’t need your island! God is coming to save me!” as he paddled in the opposite direction. Moments later the young man drowned to death. When he got to heaven, he was furious with God and went to Him to get things straight. “Why didn’t you save me like I asked?” I can imagine God looking quite bewildered as He answered, “Ummm, I sent you a boat, a helicopter AND an island….What MORE did you need?” We have to get to the place where we trust that God’s design is perfect. We may not hear a thundering in the sky or hear some super masculine voice ascend from heaven. But when you know that you have prayed for encouragement and someone that you don’t even know stops to give you a word of encouragement or when you cry out to God because your money is reaallllllly funny and you get to the drive thru window to find out that the car in front of you took care of your bill—KNOW that God is STILL hearing AND answering prayers…and you my sistah are truly blessed!
Please forgive me for the times that I asked for your help yet refused your boat, helicopter or island because it didn’t come packaged the way I thought it should. Please give me a keen spirit of discernment that I may be able to recognize when things are from You. May I never be too proud to accept Your blessings the way You choose to send them. I know that all good and perfect gifts come from You and I praise you in advance for all that’s yet to come my way. In Jesus’ Name, Amen!
Today I EMPOWER you to stop focusing on what you want from God, and decide to be a blessing to one of your loved ones today. Ask God whose prayers He’s ready to answer through you! Watch how EMPOWERED you feel EMPOWERING someone else!
Mrs. Kristen Harris is a wife, mother, entrepreneur and dedicated servant. She is extremely passionate about women’s spiritual advancement, hence the founding of EmpowerMoments. As an avid reader, Kristen enjoys reading the Bible more than anything. Her driving inspiration is when God says to her: “For I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” (Jeremiah 29:11) She currently resides outside of Chicago, Illinois with her wonderful husband and two lovely daughters where she is an active member of New Life Covenant Church.