I was so excited. I had prepared so well. I was ready to share one of my favorite messages along with one of a few of my most inspiring miracle stories, coupled with a few of my comedic calamities. The title of my speaker topic was FREEDOM with EXTRAVAGANT WORSHIP.
But there was a young girl who was scheduled to give her testimony right before my session, and she took THREE-TIMES the amount of time she was supposed to.
I watched the clock as the minutes ticked by.
What was I going to do? How should I rearrange my talk? If I started planning in my head, I would totally miss what that gal was saying, and I knew she was pouring her heart out as she told her traumatic story about being sexually abused and God healing her.
Being trained as a speaker, I was well aware of how inappropriate it was to go-over the event time, even if it isn’t your fault. For a moment, I got angry… but I knew that wasn’t right.
For God always has a good plan! He wants to bless us.
I kept listening to that gal’s testimony and all she went through. It was heart-breaking, and I wanted to make sure she felt loved. I knew we couldn’t rush a story such as hers.
Well, I made the decision that I was not going to worry that morning. I was simply going to follow God’s lead. I prayed to the Holy Spirit for her and for me, and for all the women who attended the brunch that morning.
“Lord, this is not about me. It’s about YOU. Have Your way.”
Finally, it was my turn and the Women’s Ministry Director introduced me. I took a deep breath, and graciously took the microphone. As I started to speak. I worshipped God with all my heart, mindfully surrendering my will to His.
Many people told me how much they enjoyed my talk. They said they hung on every word I spoke, even the “very condensed version of my story”, but the best compliment was the one that I received at church the following Sunday morning.
“Barb,” this lady shared, “what impressed me the most about you was how you handled that situation with such grace.” That ministered more to me than everything else you said.
I always thought our actions speak better than our words, but apparently… someone else noticed, and it sure did bless me. If you’d like to hear that abbreviated message, click here.