“My name is Yolanda and I have come to draw some blood!” Those words caused me to awaken in a hurry from deep sleep. You can relate to that scenario if you have been in a hospital for any length of time recently. That was my case – in a Nashville hospital for heart surgery just a few weeks ago. It was something like two AM and the night before the surgery. I looked to see a very lovely Afro-American young lady with her “tray” as she set it down on the side of my bed. Then I knew I must submit “calmly” so she could have as little difficulty as possible – these “rolling” veins don’t do well if I tense up! Yolanda went quietly to work and soon I heard her whisper, “Thank you Jesus!”
Now I guess I have experienced “blood draws” a couple hundred times in the past few years, but that was a first! ( I have had them cast down their equipment and dash out of the room, angry!) I asked Yolanda if I heard her correctly, “Did I hear you say “thank you Jesus?” “Yes,” she replied, “I always thank Him when I get the vein easily.” Of course I told her, “So do I!”
Now this may seem an insignificant story to you, but it occurred to me that this was a first for me and that I wanted to thank this young lady for caring and for having such faith in our Lord. You and I are sometimes so reluctant to thank our Lord for the seemingly “little things”. In our situations where our health is involved, it surely is reassuring to know that those who are helping you care about the Lord! (I want to add here that there were others who helped me during that hospitalization who were working “for the Lord” in their jobs!)
I told many people about this while in the bed, because I thought it a beautiful story. Only one other time did Yolanda come from the Lab for blood, but when she did I asked her permission to write a story about her. I spent much time thinking about this scene and what it meant to me.
In our daily lives we attack many menial tasks, and we should always be thankful to our Father when we are able to meet even the smallest challenges! May God increase our faith that He is with us at all times and will give us the strength that we need for each task or opportunity! It is a shame that we sometimes feel that our prayers are too selfish for Him! That should never be our “mind-set”!
In II Chron. 4:9,10 we read of Jabez (a descendant of Judah) and so far as I can find, this is the only mention of him. I believe this account was meant to be noted! In verse 10 it is said that Jabez called upon God – “Oh that thou wouldst bless me indeed, and enlarge my coast and that thine hand might be with me, and that thou wouldst keep me from evil, that it may not grieve me. And God granted him that which he requested.” There’s not a mention of any others in his request, and it seemed that Jabez wished to prosper materially (enlarge my coasts). One would be compelled to believe this to be a “selfish” prayer.
As God’s children we can approach our Father without fear lest He not hear! Jesus made this clear in Matthew 7:7-11, when we are assured of the open ears of the Heavenly Father and His compassion for us as His children. We are reminded that if our earthly father can/does give us good gifts, “how much more shall your father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him.” (Vs11)
Let us not be afraid to call upon our Father at any time and even for those seemingly, selfish, insignificant matters! A reading from Ephesians (vss 20,21) is most reassuring! “Now unto him who is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.”
A quote that came to my attention this week would sum up this article well: “Never undertake anything for which you wouldn’t have the courage to ask the blessing of heaven.” G. C. Lichtenberg
Inez B. Norwood copyright 2001 [email protected]
Inez Bullington Norwood, widow of M.F. Norwood, now lives in Murray KY. She and her husband of 47 years spent those years in the spreading of God’s Word. Most of those years were in the Southeastern part of the U.S. Four years were spent in W. Africa. Their 4 sons and one daughter are all involved in church work in their various communities. Since her husband’s eath in 1989, Inez has busied herself in various campaigns, most in the Carribean. Now 78, she is spending much time in the writing of articles, hopefully to encourage and uplift all of us in our daily walk with our Lord.