The Power of Invitation

The Power of Invitation

by Denise Fair

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Then He said to His disciples, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into His harvest field.”   Matthew 9: 37-38

 

 

Soggy mud cupped around my bent knees. Warm rays of sunshine kissed the crown of my head. My fingers scratched around in the dirt as my preschool son was swinging blissfully on the swing set behind me. An energetic one year had given way to much needed sleep in his crib. It was a perfect September afternoon.

As I pulled dwindling summer flowers from my garden to be replaced by fresh autumn varieties, my neighbor, Stacy sat beside me. A familiar scene played out as many times before. She was easy going and soft spoken with a million dollar smile that graced our regular backyard chats. Today’s chat ended with a promising offer. Stacy had invited the boys and me to her church that Thursday for a fun day of games, crafts, food and fun.

 

Moms Day Out.

 

Free babysitting for my rambunctious one and three year old boys.

 

Conversation with other women for me.

Thursday came and we excitedly followed Stacy and her daughter to their church.  Our enthusiasm mimicked that of ravenous hyperactive boys awaiting pizza delivery. Similarly, there was great satisfaction at the end of day. Mom’s Day Out delivered exactly what we needed.

The second week was equally as rewarding as we crafted stylish covered journals made from composition notebooks.  As we were cleaning up, the leader of the group made an announcement. She was passing out thin paperback books as she proclaimed that next week we would start our Bible study with week one of this book on pursuing godliness.

What?!

There I was like someone on the beach turned to smile at family while a gigantic rolling wave womped me from behind, face planted in the sand.

It almost felt like a deal breaker. But the boys were having such a good time and I needed the break. I was growing to love these kind hearted women, too! I didn’t want to give it up. But, I didn’t even own a Bible!

As we strapped into the car I found my resolve hiding behind uncertainty and insecurity. I pushed them aside and my resolve and I turned into the nearest Christian book store on the way home. If I was going to do this, I was going to do it right!

An hour later, two boys napping soundly, I sat with book and Bible on my lap and “Bible friendly highlighters” by my side…the clerk said they were an absolute necessity. As I opened those pages God’s Spirit washed over me. I cried buckets that day. I called my friend and she led me in prayer. I became a new creation that day!

I know in hindsight many seeds were planted throughout my life. The Christmas Eve services that were occasionally attended. Summer Bible schools Mom made us go to because we got on her last nerve.

Many times these seeds were watered by the prayers of God’s faithful servants.

The harvest came after one simple, powerful invitation.

 

The God Who Sees Me

 

                                                                                           

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Written by Denise Fair

August 5, 2015

 

 

The angel of the LORD found Hagar near a spring in the desert; it was the spring beside the road to Shur…She gave this name to the LORD who spoke to her: “You are the God who sees me,” for she said, “I have now seen the One who sees me.” Genesis 16:7 &13 (NIV)

 

 

One of the benefits of coming to salvation at thirty is the treasure trove of lessons that you learn in hindsight. Didn’t we always do better on retests in high school because we learned well from our mistakes? Likewise as I reflect on my past, I can clearly see God’s hand in many major life changing events.

Hagar’s knowledge of God had come only through second hand experiences and overheard conversations between her mistress and master. Yet, He knew her. As a matter of fact, He knew things that she didn’t even know about herself.

 

The angel of the LORD also said to her: “you are now with child and you will have a son”…     Genesis 16:11a (NIV)

 

Years ago I had a “Hagar” experience. I was surrounded with over packed moving boxes up to my eyeballs. Our offer on a new home had been accepted and were pre-approved for the mortgage. The final piece to our puzzle was the approval of the mortgage for the couple who were planning on buying our tiny starter home. Repeatedly assured by our realtor that there would be no issue, I packed up our belongings and prepared for the move. The previous months were a roller coaster ride of emotions. Most were not pleasant. We were in a recession. Selling a home in that economy was akin to selling a rowboat in the Sahara.

When the phone call came that our buyers’ mortgage fell through and the seller of our new home was not willing to wait, I could almost hear the laugh of pessimists worldwide. Our contract with our realtor hand timed out.

 

I was done.

 

The day she came to remove the sign she hesitantly revealed to me that she had an offer from a single man for our humble, little home who was already pre-approved.

I sighed with the heavy heart of a tired, frazzled woman. She then told me of a new listing that was perfect for us—if we’d just try one-more-time.

 

I had no desire to go this road again.

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There was no thought to pray. I had no connection to God and no idea that He cared for me.

Somehow, someway God reached through the icy walls of my heart that day. Just as in His moment with Hagar, He revealed to me that He knew more about my life than I did.

We sold our home, bought the new one and moved in under a month. We moved right next door to a woman who would eventually lead me to Christ and become my friend and mentor.

 

Amazingly, He is the God who sees me.

 

Have you ever had a “Hagar” moment? Can you see how God has worked in your life even before you gave your life to Christ?

Please share as you feel led.

Love,

DLF

 

 

 

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