“And David said to Abigail, “Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel, who sent you this day to meet me!” (1 Samuel 25:32)
This will sound like a familiar story, but I have read that particular passage from the Bible before. And yet, when I heard it again this morning, it meant something so much more than before. Have you ever had that experience? If you look at 1 Samuel 25:1-24, you can understand why David is thanking Abigail for showing up. She literally talked David out of taking out a man named Nabal, who happened to have a bad attitude, and also was Abigail’s husband. She was well aware that he was rude and probably deserved to be killed for the way he had treated David’s army, but she reminded David of God’s calling upon his (David) life, and how this decision could disrupt God’s amazing plans for David. Wow! I don’t know about you, but I am beyond thankful for those types of people in my life. God sends them my way just before I am about to do or say something really dumb, and/or start going my own way, believing that God has given up on me, or that I have a better way to accomplish His best in my life.
I couldn’t even list the many names of people God has brought into my life. Many of them will read this blog and I just want you to know how grateful I am for your presence, your prayers, and your words of encouragement and rebuke, when needed. I am beaming at the thought of you, and recounting our conversations, your phone calls, your emails, text messages, and those moments when I really needed someone to say they could see growth in my life.
As humbled and proud as I am of these people in my life, hearing David say this to Abigail, made me want to be even more intentional about being this kind of person in other peoples’ lives this week. I want to say the encouraging words I am thinking. Send the text message to a friend to let them know they are in my prayers…and then actually stop what I am doing and pray for them. When a friend calls and asks if they can share something with me, I want to make that conversation a priority – closing my computer, finding a quiet space, and being present for them. And because I am praying for these opportunities, I KNOW they are on the way! What if this week, you and I sought out opportunities to be THAT person in someone’s life? No….not “that” person – the one we get our exercise ducking for cover and running from (physically and emotionally speaking). The person who is intentional about intersecting the lives of those around them We know that It makes a difference when you know someone hears you…when you KNOW someone truly cares and loves you…when you KNOW that they aren’t just listening to you, but that that they truly hear YOU. I know it makes a difference because I have experienced it. It’s possible. It’s very possible. With God leading the way, what isn’t possible?
Have a GREAT One!
**I thought it was pretty amazing that the symbol for an intersection is a cross.