I immediately said to Catherine, “Please don’t do anything yet. Let me go home and pray about this and I will get back to you in a week.” She agreed.
As I prayed, the Holy Spirit put it on my heart to ask some of the other mothers to volunteer.
During church the next week, I fervently prayed again that God would provide volunteers. After the service I walked up to the mom who had been sitting in the pew in front of me. I saw her when I dropped my son off that morning.
I shared the situation about the program possibly closing and asked if she would be able to help out. She said yes instantly.
This was unplanned, but at the last second I added, “Do you know any other moms who might be able to help too?” She led me over to her friend and I shared the situation and asked if she would help. She also said yes.
Seeing how well it worked the first time, I asked this mom, “Do you know any other moms who would be able to help out too?” She led me over to her friend.
This pattern continued repeatedly as I talked with these woman who were either acquaintances or I did not know them at all. Within 15 minutes I had the names and contact information of at least seven women. I even had enough volunteers that we could rotate, which meant we only had to teach every few months.
Coincidence or God Moving? You decide.
For those who might say coincidence, I am guessing you have never had the pleasure of trying to line up children’s ministry volunteers. I still can't believe that not one woman said no!
I contacted the leader and told her the good news. I offered to administer the program and together we set up a meeting where the moms signed up for Sundays to teach. At that gathering we shared the basic curriculum, the class format, and the director took care of background checks and other required training.
God knew my gifting was not to work directly with kids, but He knew I was not afraid to ask people to help or afraid to hear the word no.
Journaling Prompt: Has fear of rejection ever been an obstacle for you? In what situations? Do you see any patterns? What is the worst that could happen? Write about that on the blank pages between your circles.
How has God stepped up to provide just the right people at the right time when you needed help in a situation? Write it in the God Moving Circle. Share it with your small group or Bible study. Your story will encourage others.
Liz’s Lesson Learned: God provides when we pray and make ourselves available, especially in challenging situations.