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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Illustrate the meaning of “A Stitch in Time Saves Nine” (without using the actual phrase or literal example). (01/03/08)

TITLE: How God does it
By Sandra Smith
01/03/08


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The minister paused. "How many of you have actually thought without ever speaking it that God was not acting in the right time frame?" Everyone shifted uneasily especially Diane. She remembered how for so many years she had impatiently prayed for openings in her ministry. Why did God delay? Was it really necessary to take so long?

Her thoughts travelled back to the day she began her course in nursing. Excitedly she had opened her textbooks and over the course had applied what she learned to the work with her clients. With tears she had found out after two years that her business needed to be closed as the financing was drying up. When she finished on the final day she remmebered the man who had been waiting at the busstop as she boarded for the ride to her home. "Miss... hope you don't mind but you look so sad." After she explained her story he looked intently at her and reminded her of the Scripture which promises honour to those who honour the Father. She felt strangely moved and thanked the Lord for His reminder of His care for her.

Twelve months after this heartbreak, the phonecall had come out of the blue. "Are you Diane Ealskil?" Her name had been referred to the mission agency by a client she had previously worked with. After the initial interviews the work had fallen into place and she now found herself in a new country using all of the natural abilities God had placed in her heart and head.

Now as the service began to draw to a close she remembered the critical lesson learned and thought of timing and how if she had run ahead of God she would have missed the wonderful ministry opening that He had provided at exactly the right time and in the right way. "Thank You Lord", she prayed softly, "Your timing is always best even when Your providences are difficult to understand and to bear." Her tear stained eyes lifted towards Heaven as she basked in the comfort of His presence and fellow believers in Christ.


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Yvonne Blake 01/10/08
Good thoughts! Yes, many of us think we know better than God. We just need to trust His plan for us.
Jan Ackerson 01/11/08
A sweet story. I'd have liked to get to know Diane better, perhaps through a speicific interaction with another person who plays a part in her story.

Not sure how this fits the topic...

...but it's great to read about God's timing. It never ceases to amaze me.
Beckie Stewart01/11/08
I love how the Lord works our lives out even when we do not understand.

I too was unsure of the topic and saw some spelling errors, but found Diane as one who would have a kindred spirit.
Benjamin Graber01/16/08
I like this one - God's timing is incredibly amazing, as many events in my life have been a testimony to.

Maybe this story would be even more inspiring if you filled in a little more detail...