Never Cease To Be Amazed

April 23, 1999
by Mary Daniel

Jeremiah 1:8 – Be not afraid of their faces: for I am with thee to deliver thee, saith the Lord. (KJV)

I never cease to be amazed at the replies I receive which state that a devotional of mine spoke to them, was so timely for them, hit the spot for them on that particular day, for, you see, most devotionals are written a month or more in advance. We have nothing to do with when they will appear, and although it is entirely at the Editor's discretion, he can't know who will need what on which day. Not exactly, at least. And so, it can only be explained as one of the wonders of God's works.

It happens to me too. A good example was an incident last summer. Through correspondence with a minister in the Canadian prairies who reads and writes for the Daily, I had offered to tour him and his family around some of this island, as they had planned to include a day trip to the island during their holidays.

As the time drew closer, I became more nervous. Even though I had "boned up" on what I'd be showing them, what if they asked questions I couldn't answer? What if I didn't include what they might like to see? What if they were sorry they'd spent the extra time and money to come over to the island? But then, what if I hadn't asked for guidance and read the Daily devotional that morning? Today's scripture was the reading for that day and I knew that everything would work out okay because He would be with me. And it did work out. I have kept that scripture, and refer to it every time I have to speak to a group. It gives me strength, courage and the reassurance that He is with me.

Prayer: We thank you Lord, for the many ways in which you send us the reassurance of your presence, at the times when we need it most. We offer our thanks in Your name. Amen.

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Mary Daniel <marydee@shaw.ca>
Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada

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