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Topic: Before and After (05/14/09)
- TITLE: From Prideful to Precious
By Mildred Sheldon
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That advice stuck with me for the bigger part of my life and sad to say I not only took pride in the job well done I became prideful. I was a very proud person and if someone else came along and started doing the same job I had been doing, it upset me tremendously. Putting it bluntly, I felt betrayed. Why did they need another person doing the same job I was doing? Oh how it cut me to the very depths of my soul.
On Sunday, 3 May 2009, my Sunday school class was studying about fear and my Sunday school teacher made a statement that we were precious in the eyes of the Lord. She asked if any disagreed with that statement. That opened the floodgates and a few said why they did not see themselves as precious. What I said was that I am unworthy and she nailed me. It was as if she had taken a hammer and hit me in the head because she told me pride was keeping me from believing and accepting Gods Holy Word as fact. She told all of us to pray that week about our disbelief.
Monday came and I started that week as I usually do. Reading my Bible and praying about my sin of pride. Friday rolled around and I was still struggling with the pride issue. I went down to the shop and got out my big X-Mark mower to cut the grass. I was flying along as fast as I could go and as it happened, I saw this big bird flopping around on the ground in front of me. I stopped turned off the mower and sat there. It was such a beautiful bird and to see it suffer so broke my heart. I sat there sobbing and praying to God that he heals the bird. The bird struggled up next to the chain link fence and sat there. I gave the bird a wide berth and finished cutting the grass stopping every so often sobbing uncontrollably. I put the big mower away and went into the house.
I was still very upset and I called my friend and neighbor Donna to ask if she would pray with me. She didn’t answer the phone so I decided to take a shower. I had just gotten out of the shower when the phone rang and it was Bill, Donna’s husband. He tried so hard to console me and he suggested I call the Humane Society. Maybe they could direct me in finding someone that helped injured wild creatures. I called so many different people trying to find anyone willing to help this bird but to no avail. I didn’t stop praying for a miracle from God.
Donna finally came over about 6:00 P.M. and I slowly walked to the fence where the bird had been. Donna saw the bird and it was laying there with its head down on the ground. Donna said it was dead but I would not accept that. Believe it when I say that big bird spread its wings, flew about fifteen feet, and landed by the big tree on the other side of my driveway. It sat there and didn’t move for quite awhile. The look on Donna’s face was one of amazement. I could not stop praising God and thanking Him for His healing grace.
After that happened I knew without a doubt that I was and am precious to God just like it says in Isaiah 43:4 although Isaiah was talking to the Jews at the time. God’s promises apply to all of His children, which I can now say without a doubt that I am truly a precious and beloved child of God the King, and guess what? I am no longer prideful. Hallelujah.
*I was curious about what kind of bird it was so I googled it on my computer. It was a large bird with a white stripe across its wings. I found out it was a nocturnal bird related to the Whip-Poor-Will called a Nightjar.
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