“Ms. Taylor,” Jordan smiled, “thanks for helping get a job that I’m starting tomorrow!” I’ve been happily swamped with writing recommendations and verifications for our Timothys (teen helpers) but I didn’t remember a request coming in for Jordan.
“When did I write a recommendation for you?” I asked.
“You didn’t. I had two interviews for a job. The first interviewer asked my what my experience was in working with kids. When I told her I worked with the kids here, she said I didn’t need a second interview – I was hired!”
Later, after children’s church, Cheryl, Denise and I were talking about our Timothys and how God has blessed them as they serve in CM. And suddenly, I have one of those God download moments. I love working with kids – they’re a bunch of fun. I also have a heart for young folks and have been wondering for years what use I could possibly be.
What did God hit me with? That He’d heard the cry of my heart and that He answered. How? Our Timothys. All these years, I’d been living out the answer and didn’t know it! They’re trained along with adult volunteers. Our ministry is like family – we take care of each other, in prayer, with our time and our possessions.
God has blessed them and our ministry because of faithfulness. Many come back to serve as adult volunteers. Most of our Timothys go to college on full rides or so many grants it may as well have been a full ride. One is being prepped for the 2020 Olympics. One just became the youngest manager in the history of the local Mercedes dealership – he started out washing the cars. He’s also our new healthcare coordinator (CNA). His sister is a full ride - basketball.
I could go on, but the point is that God had answered the cry of my heart and I didn’t have a clue! Sometimes when God answers our prayers, we don’t recognize the package in which the answer has been delivered. It doesn’t look the way we assumed it would look. It didn’t come from the direction we thought. Nevertheless, it is the answer.
What have you been crying out to God for? What answer have you been waiting on? Pause. Perhaps the answer has already come and is with you and you just didn’t recognize it because your own perceptions got into the line of vision. Think about it. ‘Twas there all the time. Say thank You.