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Lesson From A Friend: Availability

My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.
     2 Corinthians 12:9
My friend shook her head as she told me about flying overseas. “By the time I got on the plane,” she said, “I was worn out. As I fastened my seat belt, I realized I’d been so busy that morning, I’d forgotten to pray.
“I closed my eyes and just talked to the Lord for a while. At the end of my prayer I promised God to be available for anything He wanted me to do.” She paused, then added, “I didn’t know He was going to put me to work right away. I thought I’d get to rest first. However, when I opened my eyes, the man seated beside me asked, ‘Are you a Christian?’ 

“At that moment talking to him was the last thing I wanted to do,” she admitted. “I was so tired. I didn’t know if I would even make sense, but I’d just promised God I would be available. So, I told the gentleman beside me, yes, I was a Christian, and Jesus was my Savior.

“As we talked, I learned he was on his way home to an eastern European country. He explained he’d been raised in a religion that didn’t accept Jesus as God, but he was curious about Christianity. We talked all night, and he was still asking questions when we landed.” 

My friend’s experience showed me the importance of being available. God had scheduled a divine appointment for her to share Jesus. So, even though she was tired and aware of her limitations, she trusted God to speak through her. 

I wonder how many spiritual opportunities I have missed because I didn’t think I was up to the challenge.

God wants to use us, and He will if we ignore our weakness and rely on Him.

Father, thank You for the privilege of serving You. 


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