40 Days with God - Part 1
Sharing with you God in my life every day of October, 2003, beginning the first week.
OCT. 1: 7:30 p.m. on my way home from my office driving down McKee Street approaching the bridge over I-10. The driver on the adjacent street on my left, ran the stop sign at a high rate of speed. There could not have been more than 10 feet between us at the intersection. As he sped out of sight, I trembled, breathlessly realizing I would have been killed if I had been driving just a little bit faster. God was beside me. I thanked Him and praised Him with all my heart.
“There is but a step between me and death” (I Samuel 20:3).
OCT. 2: My sister Cora and I are on our way to sister Kathleen’s home for our monthly day of playing Spades. We delight in sharing God. She is telling me about getting a new cover on one of her chairs. She said, “I was telling Linda (daughter) about this, and suddenly I said, ‘This is a Tillie story!’ New neighbors moved in next door—a couple and the wife’s mother. I welcomed them with home baked cookies, and invited them to visit our church. While shopping in town, I saw the wife. We talked briefly. She said her mother had been going to our 11 o’clock church services, but was timid about attending Sunday School. Members of my class attend early (9 a.m.) church service followed by Sunday School. The next Sunday, I was inviting them to my home for brunch afterwards—the incentive to getting my chair fixed.
“Thursday prior, I was waiting on the repairman to pick up the chair. I decided to make a cup of coffee. I can’t remember when, if ever, I made coffee for myself…only when I had company, as I am not a habitual coffee drinker. As I went into my kitchen, I thought, ‘why don’t you invite the ladies next door to come over ? ‘ They came, and we had such a delightful visit. The mother agreed to going with me the next Sunday: early church, Sunday School, and my brunch. Isn’t that a Tillie story? Don’t you see God preparing the way? The repairman being late, the desire for coffee, the availability of my neighbors to visit and the plans of worshipping God together.”
“Yes,” I replied. “I love it…like a jigsaw puzzle, every piece falling into place.
‘Delight thyself in the Lord, and He shall give thee the desires of thine heart’” (Psalm 37:4).
OCT. 3: I have been in much prayer today for Nicole, granddaughter of our church secretary, Janet. Nicole and her boyfriend were riding a motorcycle to San Antonio last night. They collided with a deer that ran out in front of them on the highway. Nicole is unconscious.
“The Lord will be a refuge in times of trouble. And they that know thy name will put their trust in Thee; for Thou, Lord, hast not forsaken them that seek Thee” (Psalm 9:9,10).
OCT. 4: God’s presence is very evident this morning. I set my alarm for 8:30 a.m.—slept through it again! I opened my eyes at 9:17 a.m. The funeral is at 10:00, 25 miles away at 12910 W. Bellfort (off Hwy 59). I brushed my teeth, applied makeup, combed my hair, put on my clothes (laid out the night before, including jewelry and shoes!) and left home at 9:35. I didn’t know how long it would take to get there. I expected to be late (no speeding!). I prayed for a safe journey, asking Jesus to be beside me all the way. He was. Every signal light I approached turned green! Traffic on Loop 610 northbound was a real “parking lot.” Construction tied up vehicles in all lanes from I-10 to the Galleria! I was thankful to be southbound, where there was very little traffic this Saturday morning. I was calm, resting in peace that only comes from God. I arrived at the Southwest Calvary Baptist Church at 10:05; parked near the back entrance. Just as I reached the doorway to the sanctuary, I saw Marshall approaching from the other direction. We hugged. He introduced me to his son Scott, dressed in his Navy uniform with lots of stripes and multiple ribbons. I said, “I can see that you looked exactly like him when you were his age.” We walked in together. They sat with the family. I sat on a row with others in my inspirational writing club group. There were very few empty seats in the congregation. The program began at 10:10. We were here for a memorial service to Marshall’s wife, Evelyn. They are both much loved members of our writing class. Evelyn, age 69, died of cancer Sept. 22 and was buried Sept. 26 in Mobile, Alabama where Scott and his family live.
Evelyn was an extra special person. Everyone who knew her was especially blessed to have this loving, caring person in their life. She planned her memorial service—chose the songs and her favorite Scriptures which were read with emotion by her two teenage grandsons Jon and Ben. Her granddaughter Casey gave a devotional through many tears. Evelyn asked two friends to sing solos: “Great is Thy Faithfulness” and “He Hideth My Soul.” We all sang “Take the Name of Jesus With You” at the beginning and ending of the ceremony.
She did not count on one and one-half hours of beautiful, inspiring testimonies from her friends. This was the most enjoyable memorial service I ever attended. Those before were frustrating because the people stood from wherever they were sitting and spoke. Only the few people seated in front of them could hear a word they said. At this service, two microphones were placed in front, one on each side of the middle aisle. People spoke over the mikes, and everyone enjoyed the messages. We laughed and cried together sharing precious memories.
Evelyn loved everybody. She referred to her daughter-in-law as her “daughter-in-love.” She greeted all with a captive smile and a big hug. Our arms are the only arms God has to show He loves us. She was very knowledgeable of the Bible. Several people testified to being welcomed on their first visit to the church. Evelyn and Marshall would invite them to come to their home for lunch. No one ever heard her complain of her suffering during her three bouts with cancer. We prayed for another remission. The day before she died, she told one of her friends, “I don’t feel like I’m dying. Either way, I win.” She longed to be with Jesus.
“For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us” (Romans 8:18).
OCT. 5: At 12:30 p.m. Sundays on Channel 14, Mark Finley is always informative and inspirational. Today he talked about how to get more out of your Bible. (1) Find a Bible translation that speaks your language. Mine is The Living Bible by Tyndale, a paraphrase of William Tyndale’s 1525 edition. “For with Thee is the fountain of life: in Thy light shall we see light” (Psalm 36:9). (2) Read the Bible at a time you can really take things in. My time is after midnight—I don’t do mornings! “He wakeneth mine ear to hear as the learned” (Isaiah 50:4). (3) Feel the message; visualize the scenes. “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom” (Colossians 3:16). (4) Read and pray. Think about what you read. Express admiration for God’s Word. “Be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only” (James 1:22).
(5) Share the Word. Explain it to someone else. “That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us; and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with His Son Jesus Christ” (I John 1:3). Mark Finley said we read other books, but the Bible reads us. “For the Word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart” (Hebrews 4:12).
OCT. 6: Today is a day of Bible reading, praying, listening for God’s guidance, and researching for my manuscripts. There is much meditation before writing “Happenings.”
OCT. 7: I met with my prayer group at church. Nicole is still unconscious. Her family is trying to make the decision about removing life support today. There is no hope of recovery. She was not wearing a helmet. However, survival from being thrown from a fast moving motorcycle would require a miracle. Her boyfriend, with minor injuries, is in deep mourning. When they left home, Brenda (Nicole’s mother) cautioned them to be careful. Nicole said, “We will. Anyway, Mother, you know I’m saved in Jesus.”
“We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord” (II Corinthians 5:8).
TILLIE WIER, inspirational writer and employee of Logos Ranch
And Word Holdings, shares her adventures with God to inspire others
to live closer to Him and to see Him in their everyday lives.
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