Do you have time for Him The Master called my name one
day because he needed someone to go.
I said " Lord, in my spare time, between school, spending time
with my husband, working from 8 to 6, and trying to
coordinate a program for my community to help our children
do better, I will help you look. See, I know I can't go right
now cause I have so much to do."
He said "Well, where shall I find such a person? I thought I
saw your name on my list of available people."
"Well Lord, that was the prayer that I prayed last year, but
since then, things have changed."
He said "Like what?"
"Well I'm working on my Ph.D. and I'm needed by so many
people and my husband is always wanting something done,
and on top of that my community EXPECTS me to help and
give to them so..."
"Well, seeing that you're busy, I'll let you go, but we will talk
again, if YOU have some time."
I went on through the days, and the weeks, and the months
completing my task as always.
One evening, while studying for my comp exams, I received a
call from the hospital concerning my husband. He had been in
a terrible accident and was in critical condition. I dropped
everything and ran to The hospital where I found my husband
hanging on for dear life. I immediately begin to pray "Lord,
don't take him now, I can't bear it". But my prayer echoed off
the wall and returned into mine own ear.
That next morning I left the hospital tired and weary, and
walked in the door of my classroom just in time to begin my
comps. As the professors begin asking me questions I opened
my mouth to speak but nothing came out. In my mind, I begin
praying, praying hard, but my prayer echoed again and found
myself upset at God because he was no where to be found. I
could not explain to them what was happening.
After leaving from my exams, I called in to work because I
was so distraught at all that was going on. I explained to my
supervisor what had happened and she demanded that I take
some time off. After visiting my husband in the hospital that
evening, I went home and fell into a sunken state crying and
despairing. Just then I heard someone calling my name.
"Lord, is that YOU?"
"Well yes it is. Do YOU have some time? I wanted to see if I
could just talk ..... "
Instead of waiting to hear his questions, I lashed out in anger
"How is it that when I needed you today, YOU couldn't be
found and last night I cried and cried but all I heard were
echoes from the walls. My husband is dying, I'm flunking out
of school, I may not have a job and you can just sit and say
YOU want to talk."
The Lord interrupted me in my foolish speaking. "My child, I
was busy, out looking for someone to go and tell others about
me when you cried. By the time I came to answer, you had
moved on to something else. So, I decided to let your husband
rest, and keep you home for a few days that way MAYBE you
would get in touch with me, if YOU had some time.
For you see, before your husband, the community or your job
needs you, I NEED YOU. And if all these things take you
away from me, I have to almost take them away from YOU, in
order to get a moment."
I calmed down and began to cry. For I remembered my prayer
of wanting to go and work for the Lord.
He said "I just wanted to recheck with you to see if you knew
if ANYONE that I could send to be a witness for me and tell
others about me.....any one at all....?"
With tears in my eyes and feeling so unworthy I said " Lord,
send me, I'll go."
God should never have to ask us if we have some time. When
he died on the cross, he put aside everything to insure us
eternal life. We should be more than GRATEFUL to do
service for the Lord, to witness, and to tell ANYONE we can
about Jesus. Don't let your things, WHATEVER they may be,
get you so tied up that God has to become a meeting time in
your yearly planner. He had more than enough time for us.
The least we could do is have time for him.
Please pass this on, if YOU have some time.