I don’t know which word describes how I feel. Maybe it’s both. When you pray for something and God answers that prayer with what you asked for, do you ever feel surprised? Or are you in awe that He did it?
A week ago, we began another cycle of GriefShare (www.griefshare.org) sessions at my church. Interested people may pre-register online on our church website. As of the eve of the first session, no one had pre-registered for the class. That’s not too surprising because our society does not like to sign-up for things anymore. I understand that, but it does make it difficult in knowing how to prepare materials, drinks, etc. for the class.
In the first session, I knew my facilitator would be absent due to a work conflict. So, I went to the church wondering if I would be the only one there. I was surprised when two young ladies walked in to join the class. As I talked with them, it was apparent they were both hurting deeply and I was glad that my church has this ministry to help the hurting.
Last night was our second session. I knew my facilitator would be joining me and a lady from the church said she would be there. When they arrived, I was pleased to have them. And then the two young ladies came and right behind them were two more people that was a complete surprise to me. The last two drove about 25 miles one way to be there.
I was asked what was the minimum amount of folks required to have a class. My answer was one, but even if no one signed up, we would be there each week to pray and to study and to be available if someone should walk in.
Is it a matter of faith or lack of faith? Is it a matter of being available to be used by God? Or is it an excitement to seeing Him in action?
“Jesus said to him, “If you can believe all things are possible to him who believes.” Immediately the father of the child cried out and said with tears, “Lord, I believe; help my unbelief!” Mark 9:23-24 NKJV