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The Master called my name one
day because He needed someone to go.
I said "Lord,
in my spare time, between school, spending time with my
husband, working from 8 to 6, and trying to coordinate a
program for my community to help our children do
better, I will help You look. See, I know I can't go right
now cause I have so much to do."
"Well where shall I find such a
person? I thought I saw your name on my list of available
Lord, that was the prayer that I prayed last year, but
since then, things have changed."
said "Like what?"
I'm working on my Ph.D. and I'm needed by so many people and
my husband is always wanting something done, and on top of
that my community expects me to help and give to them
seeing that you're busy, I'll let you go, but we will talk
again, if you have some time."
I went on
through the days, and the weeks, and the months completing my
task as always. One evening, while studying for my computer
exams, I received a call from the hospital concerning my
He had been in a terrible accident and was in
critical condition. I dropped everything and ran to the
hospital where I found my husband hanging on for dear
I immediately begin to pray "Lord,
don't take him now, I can't bear it", but
my prayer echoed off the wall and returned into my own
That next morning I left the hospital tired
and weary, and walked in the door of my classroom just in
time to begin my computer exams.
As the professors
begin asking me questions I opened my mouth to speak but
nothing came out. In my mind, I began praying, praying hard,
but my prayer echoed again and I found myself upset at the
Lord because He was nowhere to be found. I could not explain
to them what was happening.
After leaving from my
exams, I called in to work because I was so distraught at all
that was going on. I explained to my supervisor what had
happened and she demanded that I take some time off.
visiting my husband in the hospital that evening, I went home
and fell into a sunken state, crying and despairing. Just
then I heard someone calling my name.
is that you?"
yes it is. Do you have some time? I wanted to see if I could
just talk ..... "
Instead of waiting to
hear His questions, I lashed out in anger and resentment.
"How is it that when I needed You
today, You couldn't be found and last night I cried and cried
but all I heard were echoes from the walls.
is dying, I'm flunking out of school, I may not have a job
and You can just sit and say You want to talk".
Lord interrupted me in my foolish speaking. "My
child, I was busy out looking for someone to go and tell
others about me when you cried. By the time I came to answer,
you had moved on to something else.
So, I decided to
let your husband rest, and keep you home for a few days that
way maybe you would get in touch with me, if you had
some time. For you see, before your husband, the community or
your job needs you, I NEED YOU.
And if all these
things take you away from me, I have to almost take them away
from YOU, in order to get a moment. "
calmed down and began to cry. For I remembered my
prayer of wanting to go and do for the Lord.
"I just wanted to recheck with you
to see if you knew of anyone that I could send to be a
witness for me and tell others about me... anyone at
With tears in my eyes and
feeling so unworthy I said "Lord,
send me, I'll go."
The Lord should never
have to ask us if we have some time. When He died on the
cross He put aside everything to insure us eternal life.
should be more than grateful to do service for the Lord, to
witness, and to tell anyone we can about Jesus.
let your "things", whatever they may be, get you so
tied up that the Lord has to become a meeting time in your
He had more than enough time for us.
The least we could do is have time for Him.
- Author Unknown .
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