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Topic: Willingness (02/21/05)
TITLE: ENABLED BY WILLINGNESS
By Roberta Kittrell
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“The wounds are still fresh after Mom’s death. Lord, all of us who are born again are your children still in process. We all sin and will sin in some way as long as we are in the flesh—until You take us Home. This includes even Dad….
“Yes, Lord, but she is so young; only about five years older than me. I don’t want to think that Dad had slipped and gotten involved…. What? If he had married one of the widows his age, would I have been more accepting? Yes….
“You’re right. Dad may be old in years, but You have kept him young for a purpose. Could it be that all of this is part of Your eternal Plan and Purpose?
“Dad and she both have told me how, when Dad proposed marriage to her, he didn’t just tell her he was in love with her. He continued by saying, ‘I believe God has completed His major Work through me and that He has called me to do all I can to enable you to be available and prepared for Him to do His major Ministry through you.’
“Thank You, Lord. Thank You for opening my eyes to give me a glimpse into Your overall Plan. Even though she is now a seminary graduate, she is still so young in You, and has a lot of the world to be chipped away.
“You are the Potter and we are the clay…. You want us to love her and to be willing to be Your Instruments as You are perfecting her and us….
“Lord, I am willing. Love through me and help us to be understanding, loving, and patient.”
This willingness has led to an eternal relationship grounded in Love which is now in its 28th year. If anything, it became stronger during the two years of Dad’s bout with cancer and his physical death.
Eleven and a half years since then, it is indeed a relationship rooted in the Lord’s agape Love. This now great-grandmother of five thanks the Lord for the wonderful family He has given her.
She will be the first to admit that she had the easier part of this transaction, and is thankful that Love covers a multitude of transgressions and stages of imperfection.
Claiming Philippians 1:6, she is most joyful, “being confident of this very thing, that He Who has begun a good work in you (her) will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ.” (NKJV)
She and her step-daughter now don’t see the “step-ness” to their relationship. They joke around saying that, if anyone should question the closeness of their ages, they’ll just reply, "We’re God’s biological wonders.”
Both are in process of learning to “rest in the Lord.” They’ve been learning to try and lean totally on Him. Most of all, they don’t dwell on dying. One of them had heard the following which some famous evangelist is once to have said, “A godly man or woman is physically immortal until God’s work through him or her is done.” (reference Ephesians 2:10)
Only after all the members of the family involved in the Christ-nurtured relationship have been welcomed Home to Heaven will they see the hundreds of persons who were saved by the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ through their willingness and life-commitment to Him.
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