Saturday, February 02, 2008

Be Careful what you ask for

Late last week and in the early part of this week my prayers focused on servant hood. Specifically, I prayed that I could be more of servant to my wife and kids. That said, Jared, the younger Kayos kid, came down with a case of the pukes while at school on Monday. His older brother Jake, came down with a nasty flu-like virus on Tuesday. By Wednesday, Jared shook the pukes and was back at school. Come Thursday morning the kid had a 103 temp and had caught whatever Jake had and was home for the duration of the week. Jake made it back to school for Friday. Meanwhile, Gail was getting slammed with school work as she pursues her masters. Yikes...I didn't really have a choice, serving was my only option.
The previous week I had been praying for opportunities to share God's love with someone who might need it. Out of the blue a casual acquaintance, and I do mean casual, like I met the dude once, casual, emailed me, asking if we could talk. It turned out he had a pretty crappy couple of weeks and a friend suggested he call me. So he did. We hung out a bit, traded some emails and are supposed to get together again. Someone who was hurting tracked me down. Again, I didn't really have a choice.
Every once in a while I will drift through these "Does prayer really do anything?" phases. I'm glad God isn't above smacking me in the back of the head to get my attention.
Jesus was matter-of-fact: "Embrace this God-life. Really embrace it, 23 and nothing will be too much for you. This mountain, for instance: Just say, "Go jump in the lake'--no shuffling or shilly-shallying--and it's as good as done. 24 That's why I urge you to pray for absolutely everything, ranging from small to large. Include everything as you embrace this God-life, and you'll get God's everything. Mark 11:22-26


wilsonian said...

We really just need to be open...
So glad that you are.

Ed G. said...

"I prayed that I could be more of a servant"

TK -- you are one of a kind.