December 7, 2011

Dec. 7: Awesome deeds in everyday life

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By Saralyn Murray, a junior American sign language major from Orrville, Ohio
SCRIPTURE: Psalm 126 (NRSV)
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DEVOTIONAL:
When reflecting on the theme “awesome deeds we do not expect,” I am reminded of an incident from my summer. I was driving from my home in Ohio to the peaceful woods of Camp Friedenswald in Michigan. About an hour from my destination, my car started acting up. I discovered after pulling into a fast food drive through, I could only drive in reverse.

I backed up in utter disbelief. I know very little about cars, so after talking with my dad, I realized I needed transmission fluid. I sat down on the curb and prayed. I remember thinking that this would be a great time for God to help me out.

Just as I looked up, a man in a mechanics uniform walked over to me. With only a few words, he helped me purchase and add the transmission fluid into the car. I remember asking, “Are you an angel?” He laughed and told me I should tell his boss. I offered him money and with a chuckle he replied, “You’d better drive fast.”

Wow, I am still in shock. It was definitely a deed I did not expect. I agree with the Psalmist; we are sometimes in the desert of Negev, we sow tears and there is weeping, however, “The Lord has done great things.”

Look for the Lord to work in the discouraging circumstances of life, like cars that only drive in reverse. And you may experience what I experienced – awesome deeds you do not expect.

SCRIPTURE:Psalm 126 (NRSV)
1 When the LORD brought back the captives to Zion, we were like men who dreamed. 2 Our mouths were filled with laughter, our tongues with songs of joy. Then it was said among the nations, “The LORD has done great things for them.” 3 The LORD has done great things for us, and we are filled with joy. 4 Restore our fortunes, O LORD, like streams in the Negev. 5 Those who sow in tears will reap with songs of joy. 6 He who goes out weeping, carrying seed to sow, will return with songs of joy, carrying sheaves with him.

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Comments (23)

  1. Saralyn, your message is so fitting for your mother today who is in the hospital.

    God does supply our needs.

    Eldina December 7, 2011 |
  2. That was such a good thought for me to read today!
    Thank You for the encouraging word from the Lord!

    Clara December 7, 2011 |
  3. That is a faith building story, Saralyn. Thanks for sharing. God still provides and performs miracles on a daily basis. He is faithful!

    Rita Miller December 7, 2011 |
  4. The same thing happened to me when I was struggling to pull out an extension ladder to clean the eaves. A man just appeared to help me. I asked him where he came from, and he was the meter reader….I let him know he was my angel! I had prayed that I’d be safe doing this precarious job by myself…received
    more than I expected!

    Jan Andrews December 7, 2011 |
  5. Wonderful, Wondeful! God is Good!Thanks you for sharing hope,faith,love

    Jen December 7, 2011 |
  6. I love it! The God of Unexpected Surprises. Thanks for sharing your story.

    Betty December 7, 2011 |
  7. Your lovely illustration helps this scripture come alive for me today. Thank you!

    Susan Garboden December 7, 2011 |
  8. It is so encouraging to hear stories like this. We have an awesome God! Thank you for sharing.

    Ruth December 7, 2011 |
  9. God sends us these Angels alot and we just dont always recognize them thank you for the reminder!!!!!!!!

    bob c December 7, 2011 |
  10. Thanks for your advent meditation. Glad your car incident worked out so well.
    Give your dad greetings from me. He was my student years ago.

    Marlin

    Marlin Jeschke December 7, 2011 |
  11. Your story is such an encouragement–thanks for sharing it.

    Sue December 7, 2011 |
  12. Thank you. I needed to read this today

    Susann December 7, 2011 |
  13. Great story, Saralyn!

    Anita Hooley Yoder December 7, 2011 |
  14. This is an awesome story. It reminds us to be aware of angels in our midst.

    Patricia December 7, 2011 |
  15. Wow, what a great story! I need to pray more, because it seems like the world is stuck in reverse as well. You’ll probably check your transmission fluid once in a while from now on, righr?

    Mary-Alice Shemo December 7, 2011 |
  16. Driving home from school in a snowstorm years ago, at the top of an ice covered hill, crying out to God what shall I do, and a man appeared at the side of my car and walked beside me all the way down the icy hill. You helped me to remember that angel from so long ago! Thanks. Blessings to you as you study sign language at Goshen. I studied French, German and Spanish, but in my 2nd life would love to learn how to talk with my hands!

    Joyce Hunsberger December 7, 2011 |
  17. Thank you for a wonderful reflection! We often forget that God’s grace comes wrapped in human flesh; celebrate incarnation!

    Ann Whitaker December 7, 2011 |
  18. I am assuming that your father is Randy. If so, we grew up in Martin’s church together. My younger daughter is deaf and I like thinking of someone with your faith and warmth interpreting for her.

    John Beechy December 7, 2011 |
  19. Thanks for the encouraging words Saralyn! What a good reminder that I can be the hands and feet of Jesus to others as well. Praying angels will continue to surround you and your family in the coming days.

    Kay Shue December 7, 2011 |
  20. Isn’t it wonderful how God sends us angels when we need them….thanks for sharing…blessings and peace to you ….sandi

    Sandi December 7, 2011 |
  21. We used this devotional to open our President’s Council meeting yesterday as a wonderful reminder to keep alert for those ‘angels unaware’ among us and the awesome inbreaking of God in our lives. Thanks, Saralyn.

    Jim Brenneman, GC President December 8, 2011 |
  22. And you, in turn, can be someone’s angel!
    Thank you for sharing.

    Dale December 8, 2011 |
  23. I love this story! It makes me think of how we all are sometimes the angels sent to others – how what we have to offer might be just the thing someone else needs. This will give me the courage in the future to help those whose paths I cross. And, I’ll bet you have at one point been an angel to someone else, whether you realize it or not. Long story short, I just wanted to say that your devotional has inspired me.

    Elizabeth S.O. December 11, 2011 |