Who’d Have Thunk It? – She Said
God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them. Hebrews 6:10 NIV
It was never something I imagined. Days earlier I stood on a mountain peak in Colorado watching the sun rise over the snowcapped Rockies, wondering what I’d done to earn such favor. Now, I stood atop a summit in the Blue Ridge Mountains; and to think … God had chosen me. Me. That scrawny, backward, ugly duckling who stood in the background during high school, ridiculed and mocked … alone more than with someone … me.
“Eddie, I still can’t understand it. Look what God has done with us. Who’d have ever thunk it?” We sat atop Rattlesnake Ridge — our yearly walk on the mountain — to talk, pray, and plan for this ministry.
When I look back over the past six years I can see where we were. Two willing misfits, brought together as friends to serve God. And all we did was say, “Okie dokie.” God spoke and these two buddies had no clue what lay ahead.
It’s been hard work and sacrifice too. Plugging alone, selling the idea that when we do for others, others do for us (remember, that’s biblical). Help one another. Whatever you do for the least of these you do for me. Love your neighbor like you love yourself.
We set out on a journey of faith. It wasn’t a chore, but it just seemed right. The tasks God laid before us were as high as the mountain we walked … but we didn’t see the height, only the climb.
There have been times when the rocky path caused our feet to sink into the mud. The reality of the work was there but our naivete in our service blinded us to the obstacles. All we knew was God called and we answered.
Have we had rewards? I suppose it depends on your idea of payment. If you counted dollars and cents … well, then, we’ve not been so successful. But then God isn’t always a God who pays in cold hard cash. Our needs have always been met, our families provided for. Sometimes, not until the bell for timeout was ringing, but they have always been met.
God doesn’t forget the work of His servants. He didn’t forget Moses as he led the Israelites out of bondage. Didn’t forget David when he whisked up a stone that would take down a giant. God didn’t forget Samson when he cried out for one last burst of strength to take down the stone columns and defeat his enemy. He didn’t forget the Magi when He sent them home a different way, or Joseph when he woke in the middle of the night to save his family. God doesn’t forget.
For every palm you grace with friendship and love, a palm is turned toward you. The repayment is not always in wealth. It’s in the amazement of being used by the Father to complete His plan. It’s helping others. Serving with a heart of willingness. It’s being there even if it’s inconvenient.
I never imagined God could or would even consider using a scrawny misfit. I never dreamed He’d send me to the Rockies to teach others then whisk me back across the country into the mountains of “home” to do it all over again. I never, ever, imagined. But you see, God doesn’t forget.
When He calls, just say yes and I promise, God will not forget.
Cindy is the founder of Mountain Breeze Ministries and cofounder of Christian Devotions Ministries. She has contributed to Novel Journey and Novel Reviews, and Christian Devotions. She has written for PML Programs and contributes to the Times-News.net and CBN.com. Her devotions and articles are published weekly in several newspapers across the country. Cindy is the Executive Editor of ChristianDevotions.us and the Devotional Acquisitions Editor for Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas. She cowrites the He Said, She Said devotions with Eddie Jones and is the coauthor of He Said, She Said: A Devotional Guide to Cultivating a Life of Passion and the author of New Sheets: Thirty Days to Refine You Into the Woman You Can Be.
She attended Johnson Bible College and graduated with a BA in Business from the University of Phoenix. She is a speaker who teaches and speaks at ladies’ conferences, special events and writers conferences across the country. Cindy directs Writers ADVANCE! Boot Camp. You can visit Cindy at www.cindysproles.com.
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