Be Prepared

I was working in my study the other morning and the Lord impressed upon me that I should leave for work earlier tnan usual.  This would give me some extra time to talk to someone on His behalf on the way.  Who?  I did not know.  I hopped in my car and I was on my way.  As I drove I prayed about where I was to stop and who I was to talk with. This gas station?  No, the tank was nearly full. The donut shop?  Nope, there would be no donuts this morning.  I finally decided to stop at a coffee shop that I frequent on a semi-regular basis.  I figured I would go in and buy a cup of coffee and prayerfully let the Lord lead the conversation.

When I pulled up in the parking lot, through the window I noticed a new guy working the counter.  He must be the one I am supposed to visit with!  I eagerly got out of the car and as I did, my heart sank.  I had left my billfold at home and I didn’t have any money to buy any coffee.  I got back in my car and drove off. I figured the Lord was trying to teach me a lesson.  I had left the house without my billfold, I was unprepared to do what He wanted me to do.

Then it dawned on me. He did not ask me to leave early so that I could buy coffee.  He asked me to leave early so that I could speak to someone on His behalf.  I did not need any money to do that.  What was it Simon Peter said?  Oh yeah, “Siver and gold have I none, but what I have I give to you…”

I turned around and drove back!  I went in and the man asked how he could help me.  I told him I didnt have my billfold and I shared my story and asked him if had any prayer requests.  You guessed it, he did.  I talked to him briefly about God’s faithfulness and promised to pray for him. When I left he offered me a free cup of coffee and some other goodies which I respectfully declined.  The lesson for me was not that I should not leave my house unprepared but that I should always leave prepared to do exactly as God has asked me to do.

About pastorpstephens

I have been blessed to have served as a pastor, a chaplain and to have been involved in other ministries throughout the years. My wife Marta and I have been blessed with a wonderful family that includes our daughter, her husband and their two daughters and our son and his wife and their son. Each of them are very special to us so please keep them all in your prayers. One truth that I always try to share with people I meet is that anything God asks you to do, He will help you to do. God has your back.
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