A Devotion for the Agape Village Foundation Board by Melissa Bynum
When I talked to Harry Monday afternoon on my way back from Chapel Hill he told me that Richard Laney had called to ask if I would do the devotion for the Agape Foundation Board of Directors meeting. I exclaimed, “Me? Why me?” Harry said, “Evidently you have gotten quite a reputation as a great blog writer.” I told Harry, “God wrote those blogs, not me.”
After we hung up a million excuses whirled through my mind as to why I could not come tomight. Then the Bible verse, “I will lift up my eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help” popped into my mind. Was God telling me He was going to help me with the devotion or to use this scripture as my basis for my devotion? I told God that I do not know the Bible as well as these board members do; I do not know how to have a beautiful prayer flow from my lips and I do not even know how to stand up in front of a group of people without my heart pounding through my chest. Then God spoke to me, “Speak about what you do know.”
What I do know is that God has blessed Zambia. I see God in every Zambian’s hello when their eyes light up and they smile brightly. I see the joy in their faces as they sing glorious hymns of praise. Though their circumstances seem hardly tolerable to us, they faithfully go about their day praising God. Their kindness and spirituality made me want to be with them as much as possible, hoping that it would rub off on me. It seemed to take little effort for them to make God #1 in their lives. They are living the life God expects us to live. The Zambians thanked us for helping them but what they don’t realize is that they are changing our lives, making us aware of what is really important here on earth.
And, finally, what I do know is that whether it is me asking God for help with this devotion, one of you asking for help with a decision you are to make about the orphanage, or the people of Zambia asking for help to get through their day, I KNOW in God our help will come.
“I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help.
My help cometh from the LORD, which made heaven and earth.
He will not suffer thy foot to be moved: He that keepeth thee will not slumber.
Behold, He that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep.
The LORD is thy keeper, The LORD is thy shade upon thy right hand.
The sun shall not smite thee by day, nor the moon by night.
The LORD shall preserve thee from all evil: He shall preserve thy soul.
The LORD shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in from this time forth and even for evermore.”
Our Heavenly Father,
You are a wonderful and loving God, never changing and with us always. We praise you for the opportunity to serve you in the country of Zambia. We ask your continued blessings on all of the Zambians and let us never forget what we have seen or heard. Let us be your vessels to make everyone aware of the poverty and sickness there, but more importantly help us to continue to spread the word that the Zambians continually praise you no matter what their circumstances are. Please help us to be more like them…….In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen