I've heard a lot about this little devotional book, and have noticed that several of my Facebook friends often quote it in their posts for the day. So I've been meaning to check it out for some time now, and always on my way in to the restroom I think of it as I see it there...but on the way out from the restroom I have always forgotten about it by the time I walk back through the library to my office to start my day. Chalk it up to short term memory...or perhaps overloaded mind getting ready to face the work on my desk.
Today started out just that way. Except this time I made a point of telling myself (on the way into the restroom) to be sure and pick it up on the way out...and guess what I did? I walked right past is again! I really did! I know, I can't believe that I did that myself! Well, Jesus apparently wasn't going to take my ignoring Him that easily today. As I started up my computer and opened up my work emails the very first email I looked at was from a dear lady who has recently been diagnosed with breast cancer and has just had surgery and is getting ready to undergo radiation treatments. She is having to give up teaching her line dance classes that she holds at our church each week, and has been in a lot of personal turmoil throughout this whole process. I have been communicating back and forth with her and assuring her of my thoughts and prayers as she endures this ordeal and basically trying to encourage her as best I can. In her response to me this morning she asked me if I had a copy of the devotional book...you guessed it again...Jesus Calling by Sarah Young? I was flabberghasted at her question and suddenly remembered that I had forgotten again to pick up that little book this morning as it "called out to me" from the bookshelf in the library! I told her that I was just this morning planning to check that out from our church library and I thanked her for reminding me! I said that I was going to march right back in there immediately and check it out before something else came along to distract me! And so I did.
When I came back to my desk and looked at her next email response, she said, "You really need to have your own copy, and I am going to bring you one the next time I come back to the church." I thanked her and was so blessed by her thoughtfulness for me when she is the one going through the trial right now...it truly amazed me.
Well, I had to wait until I came home tonight to start reading this little book that I checked out...and as I started to look it over more closely, I noticed the subtitle on the front cover under the title of "Jesus Calling"..."Enjoying Peace in His Presence." Remember I was just talking about my One Word for 2013: Presence (click on title for post)...and again here: "Fill My Cup Lord", plus several in other places throughout the past year as I practiced “presence”
UPDATE: For the sequel to this little story, go to : "Opening Another Advent Window". Be blessed, my friends!