Today’s Scripture: Redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Ephesians 5:16

A lady wrote the following:

The Master called my name one day because He needed someone to go on an errand.

I said, “Lord, in my spare time, after spending time with my husband, working from 8:00 to 6:00, and trying to coordinate a program for my community, I will help You.”

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 I prayed last year. Since then, things have changed.”

Like what?”

Well, I’m working on my Ph.D., I’m needed by so many people, my husband is always wanting something done, and on top of that my community expects me to help, so…”

Jesus said, “Well, I see that you’re busy, so I’ll let you go, but we will talk again if you have some time.”

One evening, while studying for my comp. exams, I received a call from the hospital. My husband had been in a terrible accident and was in critical condition. I dropped everything and ran to his side as I prayed, “Lord, please don’t take him now. I can’t bear it.”

And then it hit me. When I desperately needed the Lord, I expected Him to hear me. When He needed me though, I had other “important things” to do even though I had offered Him my help in the first place.

Immediately, I asked His forgiveness. My husband did recover, but I never forgot the lesson I learned. He has more than enough time for us. The least we could do is have enough time for Him.

Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder