By: Tim Sader
They rose about daybreak, Samuel called to Saul on the roof, “Get ready, and I will send you on your way.” When Saul got ready, he and Samuel went outside. (1 Samuel 9:26)
The day Sammy came to my house in York we had a great engagement photo shoot and had a lot of people come and meet her in a 24 hour period. Having her at my house spoke to me, more than ever before I was together with my true love and nothing could separate us. A week after she came to me her dad and Darleen had an anniversary weekend out of town so Sammy asked if mom and I could come stay with her. When we got to Summerville it was Sunday afternoon we got a bite on our way there but at dinner we were ready for something good to eat. We decided to go eat dinner at Logan’s Steakhouse because they have good steak and things from the grill. At Logan’s they serve peanuts while people wait and there’s a bucket of them on each table. The peanut shells are disposed of on the floor so there is a certain amount of dust that seems to linger in the air. The first time we went there was on her class reunion weekend and I got choked up before we got to our table. I thought I just wasn’t feeling well that weekend since I got choked the next day also. This was our second time going there so I thought surely it was just a fluke last time and I would be fine since I don’t have any known peanut allergies or anything. Again while we were waiting I started feeling choked up by the time we got seated at our table. I ordered food and ate a little but the coughing really ruins my appetite when it happens. After that day we have gotten food from Logans but I am not willing to go inside because twice getting choked is enough for me. When we got back to Sammy’s house mom was getting my machine ready in the guest room and noticed we forgot my sleeping mask. We panicked for a little while but we got ahold of someone at the hospital and got a mask for my machine. The mask worked but was a different design. I used it that night but when I rolled on my back it sounded like a lot of water from the humidifier was in the hose and the mask. Needless to say I had to get up quick and usually it takes an hour or two to clear my head and throat. Shortly after getting up I felt chocked again because of all the moisture backing up on me. After breakfast we talked to respiratory at the hospital and got the right kind of mask which eased the stress on each of us.
Later that day I had to shake extra on my airway clearance system and we tried some Thia food but it was too spicy and I wasn’t hungry. That night I got some good sleep and didn’t wake up half drown. Sammy’s aide Kiki helped her get up and while she was getting ready mom worked on getting me out of bed and feeding me some eggs. After I ate we sat together until lunch time then we had to leave so mom could make it back for her writers group. Getting ready so we could again say goodbye was difficult but we knew thanksgiving was coming and we hoped we could be together again. God wants us to be ready for His command, when he gives us a message to speak we need not fear the crowd because God could give us something to be afraid of (Jer. 1:17). God has not asked us to prepare without Him for the help we need. There are hordes of angels around us wait to battle for us if we will command them to do so (Ez. 38:7). I think often times we forget to believe in the supernatural realm but it is just as real as the physical and we can make things happen there if we will speak into it through our prayers. We must always be prepared to preach the word in every season; correct, rebuke and encourage with great patience and careful instruction (2 Tim. 4:2). Sometimes we are the mouth piece of God in the circles that we influence this is why studying the word is so important. We need to know what to say and how to say it to reach a lost and hurting world. We want to know scripture in a way where we don’t just quote scripture but so our words to others agree with what we’ve learned. In our hearts we revere Christ as Lord and we should always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks the reason for the hope that we have. We must do this with gentleness and respect so others will see Christ in us (1 Pt. 3:15). Getting ready for the next step means thanksgiving is coming for new seasons in our lives.
Lord help us to be ready at all times to speak according to your word into our circles so that others will know about you. Take away our fear of man Lord because man can do nothing like God could do to frighten us if we lost our respect for Him. Help us to put your word inside our heart so that when we speak that is what comes out. I pray we won’t forget to command the hordes when we pray. When we do talk about you God I ask that we show the world love through careful instruction, gentleness and respect. In Jesus name, Amen.
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