Attending the Belong Tour this year was a total God-thing. World Vision was seeking volunteers for the event so I signed up way back in the summer when my weekend was wide open. Well duh, the boys fall schedule wouldn’t be out until the end of August. That’s beside the point, God worked it out and my husband managed just fine. I went with an open heart to what God needed me to hear. That’s not true; I was a tangled mess of nerves but this is not about me.
Once assigned to my spot, I was ready and waiting to hear from God. And Girl, did I hear Him! I heard Him in the voices that sang melodiously together praising Him, I heard Him in the voices of the speakers and in the voices of all the volunteers and especially in the attendees I met.
My assignment was to be available at the World Vision table when someone had questions and/or was ready to sponsor a child. During one of the breaks, two sisters came up to the table and the older one wanted to sponsor three children; one for each of her sisters children. This was to be their Christmas present. The younger sister was thrilled! The sisters were exuberant and filled with love for each other, and for God. Their backstory…the older sister is married and does not have children. Coming to the conference she knew World Vision would be there. She knew it was a step of faith. Her heart was filled with unequivocal love and out of obedience to His knocking on her heart; she asked for three children, ages 7, 10 and 12, the same as her niece and nephews. When they shared this story with me, their eyes rained and their hearts bled. I was in awe watching them and listening to them share about their lives. The bond between them was tight and their faith was strong. What a blessing to bear witness to a truly special moment. She had a desire for children and God enlarged the borders around her heart and blessed her indeed. He gave her three!
Do you have a prayer like Jabez? Are you asking for God’s blessing? Will you fervently and persistently ask God to bless you and to enlarge the borders around your heart?