Archive for November, 2011

What I Do Know

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.”
Psalm 121
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

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Melissa’s Final Blog….at least for now

Love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul and with all your mind.”
Matthew 22:37

I have only been home twelve hours (half of those sleeping) and my “to do” list is already filling up. The dishwasher is running, the cell phone is ringing, and the tv is blaring. I feel as if God is slipping away from me. Why is He leaving me? I know in my heart He has gone nowhere. He is with me. He is always with me. But I continue to put Him at the end of my “to do” list. Hurriedly, I get through my day. Things seem to be in a constant state of chaos. I know that if I would just spend more time with God each day my life could be so different………………

Now, it is three weeks later and I can honestly say that I am spending more time with God. What a difference it is making. I still have those moments and days when things are a bit crazy, but I do feel an overall blanket of calmness around me. I am trying to turn to God when I need to make a small or big decision over a personal matter. I am trying to start my day praising God, not just giving Him the time I have left over in my day. Most importantly, I am trying to give Him thanks no matter what my circumstance is. I am feeling the closeness to God that I felt in Zambia.

We do not have to be in a faraway country to feel God’s love and mercy. He is right here, waiting for us to reach out to Him, never leaving us.

“For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
Romans 8: 38-39

Melissa Bynum

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