It’s funny how life is. With just a little time (and a lot of prayer), things can change … drastically.
Many friends have been asking me how working with the African kids on Sunday nights is going. I’m glad you asked. Funny story, this.
Last Sunday night, I showed up at the usual time to get the room ready for the lesson. An elder’s wife came in and told me that a couple from another church would be arriving to teach the kids. Apparently, these people come once a month to minister to the children.
Even as recently as a couple of weeks ago, I would have been any of the following: relieved, thrilled, grateful, wildly happy. Instead, I was … jealous. Jealous!
Isn’t that weird? When this couple came, I told them who I was and what I was doing, and that I’d just stay in the background and help if they needed it. Secretly (but not so secretly anymore, I suppose) I was glad when one little girl only wanted ME to hold her, and two other kids only wanted to sit by me. I had my little posse around me. Isn’t that petty of me? Hey, what can I say? I love those kids, and I felt like strangers were swooping in to “steal” them from me. That’s not what they did; that’s just how I felt: protective.
As I reflected afterward on my time with the kids and my reaction to outside help, I realized how much the Lord has taught me. Seriously, if you know me, you know that I don’t even really care for little kids that much. Or rather, I didn’t care for little kids – until now. Now I’m pretty crazy about these guys.
My complete turnaround in just this one little area of my life shows how powerful prayer is. I prayed that God would help me to love these kids, thinking I’d get enough “love” to get me through three hours every Sunday. But look at what I got! Love overflowing.
Just think: we say we can’t change, or can’t break a habit, or whatever. Of course we can’t. But the Lord can! It might sound cliche because it is often said, but it’s totally true: prayer changes things. More importantly, prayer changes us.
On another note, THANK YOU to those of you who sent craft supplies and/or money for supplies to give these kids something to do! You know who you are, more importantly, God knows who you are, and the kids and I are grateful for you!
Pray without ceasing, family! I love you all.