Prompted to Serve

Hurricane Harvey made landfall on Friday, August 25th, and has been one of the most devastating storms in U.S. history.

On the 28th, Samaritan's Purse sent out an email requesting volunteers.  I forwarded that email to Peggy with two words, "Let's pray."

The next day, I submitted an application with Samaritan's Purse and asked Pastor Mike to pray with us.

My prayer during the week had been for God to confirm that this prompting was from Him.  I'd assumed that the prayer would be answered when I received confirmation from Samaritan's Purse.  I checked my email and my phone more often than usual.  Nothing.

On Saturday morning, while reading the Bible, I learned that "Everything is to be done for building up." (1Co 14:26)  I've been reading from a new translation so this term, "building up," caught my eye and caused me to dig deeper.  The Greek word is oikodomÄ“ (oikos = home + domÄ“ = roof).  The command for Christians to "build one another up" is to literally put roofs over their homes.

"Ok God, confirmation received."

Later on Saturday, I received a follow-up email from Samaritan's Purse.  Due to the overwhelming response, it could be up to two weeks before they respond to my application.  I thought, "No hurry, I already have my response."

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