Family and work life has been in the way of my OCC life lately. I haven't been as focused on our team ministry plan as I should be or want to be. Since school began in August I've felt overwhelmed and ineffective as my goals for Operation Christmas Child kind of fell by the wayside.
This morning I was reading in I Chronicles and posted the following as my status on Facebook--
"...and all who were with them were given into their hand; for they cried out to God in the battle, and He answered their prayers because they trusted in Him."--1 Chronicles 5:20 --God has the victory ready for us if we just cry out to Him and trust Him. I miss that victory so many days because I don't intentionally seek it out.
I was reminded of that tonight as I watched 30 people listen with rapt attention to Pastor Pablo Mora, the National OCC Discipleship Coordinator for the country of Paraguay.
One of our team goals this year was to organize an OCC event in each of the three counties in our area. But as personal pressures closed in, it seemed that goal wouldn't be achieved.
Then a few weeks ago one of our team members who'd been on a mission trip to Paraguay last spring told us Pastor Pablo who works on the OCC National Leadership Team in that country would be coming to our area. It sounded like a great opportunity to invite people to hear him, but I just didn't have the time or the energy to make it happen.
But I and our prayer team have "cried out to God in the battle" over and over this past year.
And, in His amazing way, He orchestrated three events--one in each county of our area, with this special OCC speaker. I didn't plan any of these.
I think of how often I tend to minimize prayer by saying, "All I'm doing is praying."
Yet tonight reminded me again that, as I wrote this morning, "God has the victory ready for us if we just cry out to Him and trust Him."
It's never just prayer.