Being Prepared

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Not long ago, I thought of a friend, and called her. I intended to tell her something mundane, but the conversation turned. She asked if I had time to listen, and I told her I did. I was in an usual situation. I only had one child with me, and he was being quiet. We were in the car, and I had just pulled into a store parking lot. I was ready to listen.

She told me about some troubles, the kind we all have faced, or could face at any moment. The kind we fear. She was overwhelmed, and she said, "I just don't know what to do. People say that God has a plan, but if that is true, what is the point of praying? I mean, what is the point, if everything is just God's plan? What is the point of asking for anything different? I don't know what to do."

I panicked. I thought, "Yeah, that sounds right - what is the point?"

Then the Holy Spirit intervened. Truly, I felt a sense of calm and sudden clarity. It just so happened that I had gotten up early that morning, and I actually read my Bible study lesson. I was behind, so that lesson should have been read days before, but it was the perfect lesson for that day. It was about God's authority to rule in our lives, and how regular Bible study keeps us on point with His plan. "Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path."

A lamp unto my feet - show me where I am.

A light unto my path - show me where to go next.

So I shared that with my friend. I shared words I wasn't even sure I had absorbed, until, wow - there they were. There they were in my brain, and sentences were coming out of my mouth. It was surreal. I told her she should pray for courage, for wisdom, for energy, and for knowledge of what to do next. I told her she should ask God to show her the way.

And then, I thanked God for showing me the way. For preparing me for that conversation. Because I have failed at those conversations in the past. I have not known what to say. I have been stumped and tongue tied and useless. I'm sure I will be again, but man, oh man, was it awesome to be able to say something. They were not my words, or my ideas, but talk about motivation to continue my Bible study. Talk about an unexpected reward. Talk about a realization that this is what it is all about.

I want to be prepared for the next conversation, even if it is with myself.

Which is likely, because I have a lot of those.

P.S. In case you didn't get it, the Girl Scout motto is: Be Prepared. As a good Midwestern girl, I was a Girl Scout. Yes, indeed-y do.

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