Actions Speak Loudly
Walking into church, for the second time after forgetting my water like I do every week, I found myself walking in with a family I really love. I have to admit I admire them from the background and love the growth in the family over the years as they walk closely with Christ. We have a couple kids that are days apart from each other. This family touches my heart!
Without Hesitation, She prayed…
We exchanged hellos casually, but we were all focused on just getting out of the heat and into church! One of their daughters, who is the same age as my third son, was quietly telling her mom that she was uncomfortable. Seemed to me like her shoulder had some pain or maybe she just felt achy all over. I didn’t listen or want to impose. What I could hear next was my friend praying over her daughter as they walked into church. No hesitation or chalking it up to maybe sleeping in an awkward position, just immediately going to God in prayer. As if this was not amazing enough to me, I noticed how there was no scene made, no one dropping to their knees, holding hands palms together with eyes closed. It was just mom walking with her arm around her daughter praying. Matthew 6:5a (msg) tells us “And when you come before God, don’t turn that into a theatrical production either.”
The Difference between her and I…
This moment was a God moment for me without any doubt! You see, I am a boy mom. I have 4 boys that are every bit of boy-ness you can imagine. Over the last week my two older boys, 12 & almost 10 (yes at this age almost makes a difference to just saying 9), had complained to me about different aches or pains. Being the boy mom that I am, I just chalk it up to them playing football and boys get bumps and bruises. I suddenly became aware of this difference in my friend and I. She went to the Lord first not asking any questions or down playing the pain her child felt. She truly was living out 1 Thessalonians 5:17, pray without ceasing. There was no hesitation just her immediate reaction was to turn to God first!
Turn to Him Anytime
John 15:7 (msg) tells us that ‘If you make yourselves at home with me and my words are at home in you, you can be sure that whatever you ask will be listened to and acted upon.” We can go to the Lord anytime and about anything at all! I am setting a personal goal to pray without ceasing and for my first reaction to go to the Lord in everything.
I want to be an example to my boys like my friend is to her daughter. I want them to know to turn to God for everything and anything at any moment without hesitation. Clearly you never know who you are speaking to with your actions.