Appointed Time

I read part of a book recently, about a couple who had lost a young son.
I am not sure whether the book was based on a true story, I did not finish the book, but I enjoyed the part I read.
This is the outline of the story.
After the loss of their son this couple met a man who told them about an old lamp he had found among his grandmother’s possessions.
Apparently his grandmother believed the lamp always bought good fortune for the person who had it in their home. This man told this grieving couple that he would like for them to have it as a gift.

They did not want to embarrass him so they accepted his offer. They took the lamp home and put it in their garage. A few months later they began to notice a slight improvement in their circumstances. They had been through such a dark time…any improvement was welcome.
Of course, they wondered whether there was any connection with the lamp.
Their curiosity was stirred. They even got the lamp out of the garage and placed it in the house. When they did this, they felt slightly cheered.
Not long after, they were speaking to the man who gave them the lamp and told him what was happening.
He was surprised by what they told him because he had found a second lamp among his grandmother’s belongings. Therefore, he was not sure which lamp was the actual lamp that was supposed to bring good fortune.

I stopped reading the book at this point, but I had read enough to see that it was a great story about our believing and its effect on us.
You and I know we do not have to believe in an object.
We believe in Jesus and his death and resurrection.
We believe what the Bible tells us.
We know that the Bible is our lamp.
God’s word brings the blessing through faith.

The thing I most enjoyed about this story; is it illustrates how it is sometimes easier to believe in something else than it is to believe in ourselves.
For the same reasons, that it is easier to sing a song for someone else, or paint a picture for someone else.
One of the best illustrations for me is…when I go to sell my house; I will fix things up and do all the jobs that normally would not get done just to impress the buyer.
Even when we have visitors over for a meal, we will clean the house to a higher level than we would if it was only Lorna and myself at home.
We are designed to be more motivated when we are doing things for someone else than when we are doing them for ourselves.

I think this is happening to me as I write this book about Lorna.
I find that I am believing on her behalf at a higher level than I would be if I was promoting my own ministry.
It feels better to talk about someone you love than to talk about yourself.
I am fortunate because I actually do really believe in Lorna.
But, not only do I believe in her as a wonderful person, wife and mother.
I also believe in what is on her, I can see that she is anointed.
Other people that I respect in our long church life, have again and again confirmed Lorna’s call and gifting.
I can feel a groundswell of opinion that is saying,
”It is God’s appointed time.”

Tony Egar

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