A few weeks ago, I participated in some volunteer training. The purpose was to be trained as a volunteer worker in my community. When I registered for the training, I was very excited about going. I like to help, and this was an organized way I could go into the community and help those who couldn’t help themselves. For example, one of the first things we were going to do was to help an older woman, who was too ill to care for her lawn and help her with her landscaping.
I was very excited about being a part of this organization. However, by the time the training day arrived I was feeling a little down. Things were not going well with my job hunt, and I needed some encouragement. I didn’t want to cancel the training, so I decided to go anyway. When I arrived at the training site, I walked in the door, and there was a sign on a poster that said there was going to be a raffle at the end of the meeting. I said to myself, “Lord I’d love to win that duffel bag.” The prize was a duffel bag filled with all kinds of goodies. I thought that would be so awesome!
As the meeting progressed, the presenter would hold something up and say, “This item is going to be placed in the duffel bag, and someone is going to win it at the end of the day.” Each time he said it, I said a little prayer. I said to myself, “Lord it would be so nice to win that duffel bag“ My desire to win did not have anything to do with what was in the bag, though there was lots of good stuff. I just wanted to be encouraged. I wanted some excitement. I wanted to feel the joy of receiving a gift.
At the end of the meeting, we were told that there was a blank piece of paper sitting in front of us and that we should put our name on it and drop it into the bucket to win the prize. So, I wrote my name on the piece of paper and dropped it into the bucket. The presenter’s wife pulled the name out of the bucket, and it was mine. I jumped up out of my seat with raised hands and screamed, “Yes!” I was so excited. By the time they finished filling that duffle bag, it was too heavy for me to pick up, and I had to have a guy carry it to my car.
Thank you, Lord, for providing what I needed, when I needed it!
4 He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us. 2 Corinthians 1:4