Blessings and Lessons

Being here in Chiang Mai I have learned so much.  Not only about what it’s like to live in another culture so different from ours, but to depend on God MORE for all of my needs.  I had a tremendous blessing yesterday that I want to share. 

I think I mentioned before that school starts three days after I return home.  That means that I have to purchase my books while still here in Thailand.  Now, if you’ve taken any college classes you’re aware of how expensive that can be.  Seems like my textbooks this quarter are more expensive too. It appeared at first glance that this money would have to come out of my Thailand fund and that would be cutting things pretty close. Granted, I know that there are those who would have helped me if I needed it, but I just prayed about it.  A few hours later I went to check my bank account and I saw a pending deposit for around the same amount that I need for my textbooks! I was expecting that money to come but had completely forgotten about it. Praise the Lord! I L.O.V.E. when he answers prayers like that.  So immediate and so direct.  It was a practical lesson for me in God’s provision. 

Since being here I’ve often asked myself, why didn’t I do this sooner? I feel like I’ve wasted so much time when I could have been doing SO much more!  I really want to encourage each of you to consider where you’re at in your life right now.  The Lord has different plans for different people, the important matter is whether or not you are wasting precious time or if you are USING it!  Especially for us single people. I think this is the time of our lives that the Lord can really use us in ways that he cannot use married people.  So I ask you to please ponder this question: in five years time will I have regrets? Or will I feel like I filled every single moment that the Lord gave me with service for Him?  Recently I’ve asked myself these questions and it’s really eye-opening. Especially as I look on the past several years of my life. I don’t want to look back in five years and be wondering what I COULD have done. I would love to look back and say “Look at everything that the Lord allowed me to do because I was willing to be used.”

Just sharing my heart today. Any comments?