Psalm 90:12 Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.
Today I was reminded of something I prayed the other day. I am so tired of wasting my time on Facebook, playing games, looking at the guys on Christian Mingle, reading the funny pages…etc! I want to be using my time for Kingdom purposes! Today as I was studying Ecclesiastes with a friend, she mentioned Psalm 90:12. We talked about the difference between worldly wisdom and the wisdom of God. We are to ask God for His wisdom.
After my friend left, I was reminded of the prayer I prayed that I might use the time I have here on earth for Kingdom purposes. YES! This is what I want. I want to number my days and use them wisely.
So I thought it odd when I felt like I was supposed to walk to the Post Office taking a route that led me past Target. I found myself questioning the LORD. I have too many things. Why do I need to go to Target? “Cookie Cutter”. Ok, I am supposed to look for a cookie cutter – which kind of makes sense since the package I was taking to the Post Office was cow gingerbread cookies for my Step Mom Belva Kay (well and for my Dad too! But Kay is the cow person.)
I like to surprise people and God will occasionally show me who to surprise and how to surprise them. (I ought to ask more Him more often!)
I thought about my timing. It was already 1:11pm and we have been going through a warm spell the last couple of days. I would be going in the heat of the day, but knowing God is my shelter, I ventured out.
It was very warm, but there was a nice cool breeze, so it wasn’t too bad! I got the package sent and then headed to Target. I looked and looked for a cookie cutter. Finally I found a set of 3 but I really did not feel like that is what I was to buy. So, I questioned if I was hearing the LORD correctly. Then as I was about to give up, I decided to look into the Halloween section. As I passed the first aisle of Halloween, I noticed a very nicely dressed middle aged woman. She was beautiful, but I thought she might think I was strange if I walked up and told her that. So I went to the baking section. I was intently looking at the cookie cutters when the woman stopped right next to me. I told her, “you are beautiful!” She blushed and thanked me then told me that I am beautiful too. Then she moved her hand and I saw a very fancy cross on her necklace. Then I said, “oh that makes sense – the light and joy of the LORD are on you.” She again blushed and told me that she tries to walk in that. “Oh I know how that is,” I said, “I have to say, ‘Less of me and more of You LORD!'” She agreed and then told me that her children and grandchildren all lived out of state. She was thinking about sending them something for Halloween but wondered if she should bother. I told her I was looking at the cookie cutters but that I no longer celebrate Halloween, instead I celebrate the harvest. She liked that very much. She told me that she had many pumpkin things at home that she could use but couldn’t find anything she liked at the store. I decided on the 4 different sized pumpkin cookie cutters instead of the fancy pumpkin cookie cutter with a bat. The lady then told me to have a good harvest. I said, “God bless you!”
As we parted, I almost cried. I used to ask God for Kingdom appointments but have not asked Him in a long time! All I could do was praise God for allowing me some Kingdom work.
As I walked toward the cash register, I thought I would check the price of cereal. One that I used to buy was a decent price. I checked the sugar content because I am trying real hard to get off processed sugar. “Wow, 8 grams of sugar!”, I thought. As I put the box back on the shelf a woman was reaching for it. I said, “I didn’t think it had sugar in it, but it does!” The woman said, “I don’t think so,” as she looked for herself. “Wow! That’s crazy that this company gave into the sugar fad. This is supposed to be a healthy cereal!” I told her that one of the cereals that I eat which is sugar-free is “Uncle Sam”. After we talked about it, she told me that she was glad to have bumped into me so that she would know the new info.
After she thanked me, I went on my way. “Thank You LORD for another appointment.” I really want my life to matter. I want to encourage people, to surprise people and to see people walking in their God given gifts. I want to make the most of the time I have. Yes LORD, Yes LORD, Yes, Yes LORD, AMEN!
Today’s encouragement: I encourage you to ask the LORD to help you to make the best use of the time you have been given. Ask God to help you use your time for Kingdom purposes. Then please share what God has you do with your time.