Where is God?
I met Lorena Scott when she was 88 years of age at a wedding reception in the home of the bride’s parents, Feb. 22, 1997. Guests were chatting in small groups or walking around balancing cake and punch in one hand and a fork in the other. I had mingled with everyone I knew, when I saw her sitting alone on a coach. She looked lonesome. I sat beside her and introduced myself. She was a lifelong friend of the father-of-the-bride’s mother, Opal Linton; maid-of -honor at Opal’s wedding in the 20’s. We enjoyed conversing the rest of the evening.
A month later, she called me. “I have a friend here visiting me. We just read your “Happenings” which came in today’s mail. She wants to speak with you.”
When Jay Smith asked if I remembered her, I could not put a face to her name. She said, “I know all your family, your mother and dad, since the 30’s.” I was sorry I couldn’t remember her. We talked about acquaintances and those days long ago when we lived in Kensington Addition. She lives in Broadmoore Subdivision. The two places along Telephone Road were divided by the railroad tracks. These locations are in East End of Houston. Jay and Lorena (who lived on Lawndale) were best friends all these years. My husband worked after school delivering groceries from the Broadmoore Food Market. I have lived in Northwest Houston since 1948.
I was surprised to learn she knew my dear friends, R. B. & Kathryn Clark (both deceased).
Jay and I talked occasionally over the years. Opal died Feb. 9, 1997 at age 89. Lorena died May 3, 2003 at age 94.
I met with the prayer group at Garden Oaks Baptist Church. The list of 90 prayer requests was divided among those present, and we began to pray. We came to “Maxine Shannon asks prayer for her aunt, Jay Smith, age 93, depression.” I immediately thought there could only be one “Jay Smith” even in the 4th largest city in the U.S. I sent Jay a note card of encouragement and asked if Maxine was her niece. Jay called me today and said “yes.” Jay is now living in the Pasadena Care Center. There’s a large bird feeder outside the window in her room. She enjoys watching the variety of birds that gather during the day. She asked God, “Why am I out here? What can I do?”
She was talking to a woman who said, “My sister is in the room next to yours. We cannot get her to smile.” Jay said, “I’ll get her to smile.” She talked to the sister and said a prayer. Then she sang the song, “Bicycle Built for Two” substituting the sister’s name for “Daisy” and said, “That‘s all you get until you smile.” She smiled. Later, they were both in another room and she smiled at Jay.
She has met several people to talk with, pray together, and sing to.
Then, Jay asked me, “Tillie, where is God?”
“He’s right beside you,” I answered. “He has a mission for you to talk, pray and sing to others there in the Center. They get a blessing from your witnessing and friendly manner. He prepares their hearts and leads you to them. He is always there in the room with you, walking beside you, or walking ahead clearing the way. He kept you and Opal and Lorena together to share your lives and be such dear caring friends. I’m glad the three of you had a part in my life. God is good. He has work for us to do; and when our work is done, He takes us home to be with Him forever and ever. I love you, Jay, and I’ll send you some bookmark crosses to give to your new friends.”
Jesus said, “Ye have not chosen Me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain; that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in My name, He may give it to you.” (John 15:16).
Psalm 25:4,5 “Show me Thy ways O Lord; teach me Thy paths. Lead me in Thy truth and teach me; for Thou art the God of my salvation; on Thee do I wait all the day.”
My cousin Jane called me from Corpus Christi. “I’ll be in Houston Sunday night for a four-day business conference Monday thru Thursday. Can we get together?”
“Oh yes! We sure can—every night! I can hardly wait to see you.”
She said, “We have two cousins in Houston that I’d like to see, also.”
“Just get their address and telephone number and I’ll arrange it. Sounds like fun.”
In July, 2003, the Houston Chronicle stated the population for the city of Houston was 2,009,834. Where will I find two cousins, one of whom I’ve never met? Billy and his wife Jovita, live in Sugar Land. She works at 610 and Woodway, about 10 minutes from my house, and he works at 290 and 34th street, about 5 minutes from my house! I met them only once on May 20, 1996 at his father’s funeral in Skidmore, Texas. Pat lives in Jersey Village. Her husband works in the homicide division of the Houston Police Department which is located across the street from the downtown Marriot Hotel where Jane will be staying! There was no way he could meet with us, as he is busy on a case in a nearby city. Pat and their two teenage college kids met with us at the Steak N Ale on Tuesday night. Dortha, Dale, Billy, Jovita, Jane and I took in the downtown Aquarium Restaurant, ferris wheel and train ride Monday night. We went to Katy Mills to the Rainforest Restaurant on Wednesday. Isn’t it mind boggling when you think about this big city and us cousins getting together so easily?
It is my experience that as I walk with God all day, every day, things just fall in place for me. I haven’t had time to research August and rain. Have you ever seen rain 2 or 3 days every week in August, our hottest month? The city water main broke under my driveway, washing out dirt and grass on both sides. The city had to dig up the drive, repair the line, and replace about ten feet of driveway. They installed generous pallets of grass on each side. A note on my door read, “Please keep grass watered.” My neighbor had told me I must keep the new grass and concrete wet. I said, “I can’t tote the hose from the storeroom in my back yard to the front. It’s sad, but the grass will probably die. It’s half brown now.” That evening at 5:00, we had a heavy rain storm; more two days later. It has been six weeks, and the area of the new grass has never dried. We’ve had an abundance of rain in August. I know the Lord didn’t send this rain just for me—others needed it also. But it surely has been a big blessing for me.
My usual bedtime is 2:00 a.m. Last week, I was standing at the big picture window in my living room looking out at the gentle rain falling on my new grass. I said a prayer of thanks to God. So wonderful how He takes care of me. Then the front porch motion light came on! There was nothing visible to cause this. Immediately, a loud clap of thunder shook the window. I’ve had trouble with that light. It hasn’t been working. It is now! I had to laugh at the thought that for most folks, their lights go out in a thunder storm: but my lights turn on!
Even more amazing is that I have not had a good reception on Channel 39. Most times it looks like it is recording a hurricane. The noise is louder than the program. The next day, it was better. I enjoyed “Family Feud” for the first time since my grandson disconnected his play station. I can’t explain these things. They have to be from God. I praise Him throughout my days. I wonder why He is so good to me. Is it because I seek and do His will? NOOOOOooo. It is not because of anything I do: It is because HE IS GOOD. He loves you and me. The 2002- 2003 World Almanac lists the world’s population as 6 billion 234 million people. God cares about every one of us. He hears the prayers of each one. He sent Jesus to earth to die for the sins of 6,234,000,000 people who are living today. He tells us in the Bible, “The wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord” (Romans 6:23). Christianity is the only religion that gives us forgiveness of our sins. Good deeds, humanitarian works, money, nothing you can think of can buy eternal life after death. We get everlasting life only through repentance of sins, turning from them and asking Jesus to forgive us, accepting the sacrifice Christ made on the cross for those sins; and promising to follow Him the remainder of our days. “Whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved” (Romans 10:13).
TILLIE WIER, inspirational writer and employee of Logos Ranch and Word Holdings, shares her adventures with God to inspire you to live closer to Him and to see Him in your everyday life
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