Friday, September 18, 2009

Just Reflecting

I remember that night when he said, “my younger brother just came in from a long journey and we cannot get food now. Do you have a meal to share?”

We were in school. I cooked. Yes I had a meal that night but I did not feel like sharing. It was unplanned for. He was nothing to me. Not a boyfriend nor was he asking me out. He was not doing my assignments for me. Apparently, there was nothing I could get from him. But I remembered my mother’s words, “a small meal shared is more satisfying than a large meal eaten alone”. So I replied, “Yes, I have a meal to share. Tell him to come to my room.”

4 years later, I learnt that after that incident his brother told his parents, “There is one lady I want in this family. She is nice and she can cook. She will make a good wife for big brother.”
That meal I shared I guess was a response to destiny calling. Today, that guy I shared the meal with is my brother-in-law. So you know who “he” is?

I recalled this story after listening to a message that asked, “When Rebecca gave those camels water to drink, did she know that the next day she will be riding upon the camels?” [Genesis 24:19, 61].

This post is a call for 2 things:-
1. Your diligence in serving the Lord. I write specifically to someone who is asking, “What is the point? After all my years of service, I am still in waiting.” For instance, you may have been an usher for years yet no guy has approached you. Your husband may not have approached you. But his sister that you treated nicely in church has been telling him of your good deeds. When he comes to you, he would have known enough about you. Your wait might seem like eternity, but your day is coming, the season is now.

2. An understanding of the God you serve. God is faithful (reliable, trustworthy, and therefore ever true to His promise, and He can be depended on)[1 Cor 1:9a], He is the rewarder of those who earnestly and diligently seek Him [Hebrews 11:6]. Abraham who understood the God he served said “The Lord, the God of heaven, Who took me from my father's house, from the land of my family and my birth, Who spoke to me and swore to me, saying, To your offspring I will give this land - He will send His Angel before you, and you will take a wife from there for my son,” [Genesis 24:7]. What can you say about the God you serve? Are there no testimonies in your life that speak of the goodness, faithfulness and grace of God?

A large, thirsty camel can drink as much as 200 liters a day. Think about that 20 liters jerrycan you use to buy fuel. 10 of it for 1 camel. Rebecca gave water to 10 camels. If I was her I might have been wondering, “God, why did I leave my father’s house this morning? Which kind of work is this? Who sent me? What will I gain? Even if this servant asks me out, I will surely say no…” Can you think of others?

This is a time to be diligent in your walk with God– delight yourself also in the Lord, and He will give you the desires and secret petitions of your heart [Psalm 37:4].

For all of God’s promises have been fulfilled in Christ with a resounding “Yes!” And through Christ, our “Amen” (which means “Yes”) ascends to God for His glory [2 Cor. 1:20]. Do you want to tap into these sure blessings of the Lord? If you have not given your life to Christ, it is not too late to do so. Simply confess your sins to Him, declare that you believe He died and rose again for you, surrender yourself to Him and invite Him into your life as your God and savior. It is well with you.

Have a blessed weekend ahead. Do not miss next week’s question on the Infant Step Series. It is going to be hot and thought-provoking.

Heavenly Father, may your praise be continually in my lips. You are a loving and faithful Father.


Honey gi said...

Just to say that "He" loves you. beautiful post my dear. keep it flowing, God will yet do great and wonderful things in your life.

Kafo said...

this is a testimony of
real 21st century story
God is good
i'm thinking of Gal 6:2 and 10
v. 2 says to bear one and other burdens
v. 10 says that we should be weary in well doing

may God continue to bless u

i have to admit that diligence is hard for me cuz patience is hard
but one day at a time

have a nice weekend

Uzezi said...

very nice. God is ever unpredictable. and of course, the message here isn't lost on me.

Rose said...

That's true, we may never know what lies in store for us from God..
Thanks for the reminder on Patience and diligence.
Have a wonderful weekend dear..


This is such a beautiful post, wow.God is wonderful.

akaBagucci said...

the simple things... often make the greatest difference....another one for the white board...

simeone said...

i can only say wow...!!!...
as simple as the act looked...
and thanks for the two lovely points that followed..

Nefertiti said...

Ohhhh Rita! WHY?! :( I was just on the path to cutting off people who have nothing to offer and just take advantage of my kindness. Why did I have to read this post this morning?...

*Sigh. Okay. I guess I should keep doing good right, and sooner than I think, God himself will reward me. I mean, what is it that man can give me, that my God cannot bless me with such that my cup runneth over?

OOOOOOH! This is why I'm always scared to read your blogs, you just have the right word at the right time... May God help me discern doing his will from casting my pearls before swine. Sometimes, I feel like that's what I'm doing when I help some people :(

Anonymous said...

i loved this..especially the story of your husband...thanks for the beautiful post hun.

TRYBES said...

Every action will be judged, good or bad and this will ultimately be what either catapults us or mar us in the future to come..

Thanks for sharing..

Anoda Phase said...

“a small meal shared is more satisfying than a large meal eaten alone”...waoh!

very good message here Rita...thanks for sharing...

David C Brown said...

I enjoyed that. How much we have gained by the unselfish love of the Lord Jesus!

Tigeress said...

very nice story. But we must also understand God's time is the best time. WE may serve God in the house of God 24/7 but only God determines when that day will come. Delay is not denial and is also not the consequences of not being deligent. Everything works together for the glory of God.

wellsbaba said...

sometime ago God taught me about "waiting" it is such a tiring and trying time! but he always saves at the end of the day if we learn patience n trust in him wholely..
RITA LONG TIME i know i'm so inconsistent but pls 4give i so miss your ever insightful n inspiring blog...may God bless you

Good Naija Girl said...

Great message! I guess for those of us who are waiting on God for our husband, our goal should be to live God-honouring lives and have faith that He will provide for our needs.

Waiting is not easy, and it's especially hard when you see people who you think are less deserving getting what you so deeply desire (this is probably just me being shortsighted sha). But that is life; God is the One in control and I have to trust that He has not forgotten me.

I will continue to follow the example of strong Christians (and even non-Christians) around me as well as those in the bible as you pointed out, who give and help with a joyful heart. Also, as you show love to your neighbour, you should not be thinking of how God will reward you; you should be doing it because God commanded it.

DarLyn said...

Beautiful post an very true also.
Surely would be back here

~Sirius~ said...

Hi Rita.

I wonder what would have happened had you not shared.
"Thank God for your mother's wise words"

Sometimes its really hard to be diligent.
Patience is a Virtue- is one of my Mantras.
Thanks to our "Instant Coffee" generation.

May the Lord continue to be our strength, and may we not lose focus on Him

*Thanks for checking on me, will update soon*

jhazmyn said...

tnxs for sharin dear....

The said...

this post is so thought provoking..thanks for sharing


Enkay said...

I am currently in a season of waiting and I have asked "how much longer Lord?"

Thanks for the encouragement