Saturday, September 24, 2011

God, How Could You? ~

Just the other day, God used me to answer a prayer. Me! Imagine that. Now, I know God uses each of us, in many ways, on any given day, to be an answer to prayer, but on this day, it was the last thing I would have ever expected God to do.

You see, on this particular day, my thoughts and actions had been anything but pleasing to God. From the moment my alarm had jolted me awake, my grumbling and complaining had started. Before my feet even had a chance to hit the floor, my mouth had started groaning to God about this, and whining to God about that. By the time I made it to the shower, my pity party was in full swing.

I wish I could say a nice hot shower did the trick, and before long I was rejoicing in this new day that the Lord had made, but unfortunately, that wasn’t the case. It seemed the more I moaned, the more I found to moan about. By the time I left for work, I was singing the blues better than B.B. King!

And it didn’t stop there. The events of the day kept giving me more to complain about. I couldn’t believe what a horrible, rotten, no good day I was having. Then, to top it all off, I found myself sitting in traffic at a railroad crossing. With nothing to do but wait, I began to watch the activity in a store parking lot to my left.

That’s when it happened. I spotted my 84 year old father-in-law attempting to change a flat tire on his truck. When the way was clear, I maneuvered my way over to where he was parked. As soon as he saw me pull up, a look of relief flooded his face. “Oh, Stacy! I can’t believe it’s you. I just prayed God would send someone to help me and here you are. You are the answer to my prayer!”

Who me??????
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Me?!






God, how could you?




How could you possibly have chosen ME to be the one to bless this dear man today?


How could I be the answer to a prayer spoken in desperation, when my own lips were so desperately far from you today?



How could you even think to use me when I have been acting in a way so undeserving of this honor?


In spite of my thoughts, my actions and my lousy, no good for nothing attitude, God used me. In spite of what I had done and what I had said, God used me. In spite of who I am, God used me. But why? Why would He choose to do that?


Because, it’s not about me….it’s about HIM.


If you only look at us, you might well miss the brightness. We carry this precious Message around in the unadorned clay pots of our ordinary lives. That’s to prevent anyone from confusing God’s incomparable power with us. As it is, there’s not much chance of that. You know for yourselves that we’re not much to look at. 2 Corinthians 4:7 The Message


The sad truth is, even on a “good day”, when my words and my thoughts bring a smile to my Father’s face, the only good in me, is still HIM. Who I am is simply a vessel that, amazingly, God chooses to work through to touch others with His love, and in this case, His provision.


I phoned my husband, and soon, my father-in-law and I were each back on the road again and headed back into the rest of our day. As I drove, I bowed my heart before the Lover of my soul. Through words of confession and repentance, mingled with tears of shame and regret, I felt God’s unconditional love flood my heart.


I was chosen to be someone’s answer to prayer, and yet I couldn’t help believing that God has used this encounter to answer a prayer of my own. Just like my father-in-law, I needed my God to rescue me. Depression was sucking the life out of my day and out of my heart, yet before I had even sought the Lord for a way of escape from this cruel prison, He had answered.


God, how could you? How could you be so beautiful to me?


As I continued my day, I found myself humming a brand new tune. A melody of grace, forgiveness and joy! Why, I could hardly believe the beautiful day I was having!


Today, I am linking up with Jen at:

16 comments:

  1. I LOVE how God works--so unexpectedly! To think that He has used scoundrels, birds, rocks, plants, a donkey, and even us to bring about His will and His blessings--how awesome! I really enjoyed this post and the photo you chose to accompany it!
    Blessings!
    Pam

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  2. amen! i'm so glad you and your FIL were both touched by God's amazing ways!

    it's way cool to be involoved in His plans isn't it? :)

    blessings~

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  3. what an awesome story. thx for sharing

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  4. What a gift, to be the answer to your father-in-law's prayer. And I also admire his humility in asking for help. So many of us have an "I'll-do-it-myself" attitude. Your father-in-law teaches an important lesson here.

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  5. How awesome the perfect timing for you both. Turning discouraging moments into blessings that lifted each heart by the compassion of God's love.

    So cool!

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  6. Stacy,
    That was a beautiful story and a great reminder for each of us.

    Found you through Pam's 2 Encourage shout out. :0)
    Blessings!

    The Write Soil

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  7. His mercy endures forever...I'm glad to be here! Thanks for visiting http://journeytoepiphany.wordpress.com

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  8. Hi Stacy - the way you put it is so profound - its not about me, its about HIM
    Great encouraging post showing God uses us no matter what state we're in, we must just be available
    God bless
    Tracy

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  9. Because it is all about Him! so glad that we all need to hear this - every moment of every day! :)

    m.b.

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  10. In spite of my thoughts, my actions and my lousy, no good for nothing attitude, God used me.

    I'm so thankful that God uses us in spite of our shortcomings and imperfections. God had you in the right place at the right time.

    Blessings,
    Joan

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  11. What an amazing story about the fullness of God's grace and goodness. Your story is such a blessing, filled with humility and truth and God's goodness. So glad you shared.

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  12. I so much love it that God chooses to use us.

    Fondly,
    Glenda

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  13. Stacy, what a beautiful, honest, faith-filled story!! Thank you for sharing it!! I came over from Soli Deo Gloria--so glad to have found you!!

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  14. I love how God uses us. This story is a great example of how He uses "In spite of."

    Blessings,
    Pamela

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  15. Thanks for the beautiful story. I always find it easier to get out of a bad mood when I realize the affect that my bad mood has on others.

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