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Topic: Encouragement (among believers) (11/08/07)
TITLE: WORD Works wonders
By esther robinson
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My husband and I for the first time had entered their home as a newly wed couple and this talk made me move vast mental mountains. However, I was prompted to say, âGod makes everything beautiful in His time. There are many couples blessed with children even after twenty years of married life.â She concurred with my statement.
On reaching home, I imagined Reginaâs plight with such a mother-in-law and a sister-in-law who belittles her barrenness just because God has been gracious to her. This set my mind ticking like a clock. âWhat would others say about me? Is it possible for me to cope up with such comments? How to avoid or answer such questions? Why are there a lot of discouraging and disturbing factors in this wonderful world? If a woman is not able to conceive a child is it a big sin? Is God laughing over his handy work âus?â Many such thoughts mushroomed my mind. An invisible inflated balloon flying in my mind filled with fear and anxiety got deflated when God in his immense grace blessed me with a beautiful girl child the following year.
âEsther! Reginaâs birthday falls on this Saturday. Remind me. Must call and wish her.â My husband told casually. I forgot all about Regina and asked, âWho is she?â âYou know her. Wife of my cousin brother Titus.â The volume of his voice was slightly raised. âYeah! Now I remember.â I told after a pause recalling her appearance before my inward eye. I felt ashamed of the poor communication that we had with our dear ones. The hustle bustle of life has made us run a rat race that we live mostly fearing constraints rather than enjoying the run. âMust think of some other way to encourage her. Poor soul.â I told myself.
That night when I knelt down for prayers, the Holy Spirit reminded me of Regina again and again. âGod alone knows and understands the anguish this soul must be undergoing. What can I do to ease her aches? Will a costly present make her happy? What are her likes and dislikes?â With these thoughts in mind for sometime after prayers I went to sleep.
A year passed by. One day, telephone bell rang at a time when the moon captured the throne conquering the sun and I picked it up. âHappy birthday to you Esther. How are you?â The voice of Regina bubbled with joy. âThank you. How are you, your husband and junior Titus?â âOh! All are fine. I can never forget you Esther in all my life. The words of encouragement you sent through that birthday card. I will treasure it forever. They were dew to my parched soul- life giving words.â I could feel the tears of joy. She continued, âExactly as you had written, âGod will fulfill the desires of your heart and make you happy (Psalm 20:4)â God has blessed me. A miracle in my life after eight years.â Then the conversation took a casual cadence.
My soul rejoiced again. Godâs awesome power was manifested through those encouraging words. Although insignificant like seeds it had ability to cheer a soul choked by cares of this world. I keep wondering over the fact that if God could use an insignificant birthday card to encourage someone and bestow blessings there are many such tools of encouragement operating in His hands.
When Godâs favour and encouraging words come upon you then people appearing in your life having the attitude of Christy or Betty will be silenced forever. They will feel His mighty power. Word alone can work wonders in you. He is One who encourages â He is the Comforter. I shed tears thanking and praying thus: âThank you Lord for making use of an insignificant act of mine to encourage and be encouraged. Continue to keep me as Your tool that encourages.â
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