Bible Study for Ministry, Christian Women, and The Pastor's Wife ~ I Am Glad, Part 4
Psalms 9:1-2. "(To the chief Musician upon Muthlabben, A Psalm of David.) I will praise thee, O LORD, with my whole heart; I will shew forth all thy marvellous works. I will be glad and rejoice in thee: I will sing praise to thy name, O thou most High."
Today is Monday. And I am still glad. Thursday and Friday I could have easily gotten "unglad." But I'm glad I didn't. Our church puts on a broadway-like production ("From Humbug to Hallejiah") every other year for Christmas. It's held at one of the schools, and thousands come. Although I've seen the show several times, this is my first year of being
part of this church during "Humbug."
Even though I perform "My Lady, Queen Esther" and "The Story of Ruth" in various cities and states (contact me - if I can come, I would love to bless your group), I declined being in the cast. Perhaps because of knowing the time requirements and commitment, I did not because I knew I could not. But, I have done other things - like making some
costumes and doing costume repairs.
Which brings me to why I could have gotten "unglad." If you have ever sewed on netting, you know it hangs up on the feed foot of the sewing machine. If you have ever sewn very much, you know sometimes when you think you have ONLY the correct layers together, one might just secretly fold over and be sewn in with the ones needed.
It is hard to rip out. My mother taught me how to rip out "mistakes" in sewing. And I am glad for that - because you really don't want to rip or cut the material. Come to think of it, my daddy taught me to drive - "Sister, you'll have to learn how to back up and turn around," he said. (A way of correcting navigational mistakes!) I'm so glad for both of them and their wisdom.
You see, whatever you do for The Lord, should be done with gladness and joy. Psalms 100:2 "Serve the LORD with gladness: come before his presence with singing." There is an old song that comes to mind. "Patching britches, mending fences, doing whatever you do for The Lord..." are some of the words. But the idea remains totally in-line with Psalms 100:2.
Could I not choose to come into His Presence with joy and singing and gladness? Could I not choose to pray for those wearing the costumes even though I had no face with some of the names? And all those who would see the costumes from the stage? Could I not pray specifically for one that took hours and hours and even more hours to work on?
On that one, I had prayed with this person specifically for several months. Did it give her joy when I was a prayer partner Sunday and she came to me for praying and anointing and I told her "I prayed specifically for you when I was working on your costume - and I spent a lot of time working on that skirt"? She had no idea that I had been called upon via
email on Saturday asking if I could sub in as a prayer partner on Sunday.
My mother used to tell us as kids, "You can get glad just like you got mad, real fast!" She was right - and it is a choice.
Be blessed in The Name above every name, Jesus! I know I am!
Linda L Culbreth