HUMBLED AND HONORED                                                                                                           Andy Hollifield 12-17-17

Proverbs 15:33 The fear of the Lord is the instruction of wisdom; and before honour is humility.

Proverbs 29:23 A man’s pride shall bring him low: but honour shall uphold the humble in spirit.

Romans 12:10 Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honor preferring one another;

Honor—-the privilege of being associated with or receiving a favor from a respected person, group, organization, etc…

humble—1) not proud or arrogant 2) having a feeling of insignificance, inferiority, subservience, etc…3) low in rank, importance, status, quality, etc…lowly

I was hesitant to write this because I don’t want to come across as bragging but just as being thankful. Have you ever had one of those weeks where you felt so undeserving of the blessings that God had bestowed upon you? This was one of those weeks for me. As I was delivering some of our ministry’s Senior Gift Bags to nursing homes this week, I realized what an honor it is for God to even let me be a part of something that seems to mean that much to people. Those homes are filled with folks that are coming down to the end of their days in a lot of cases. For God to allow me to be able to make sure that they know they aren’t forgotten by everyone and to show them they still matter is a blessing beyond words. As if that wasn’t enough, I received a call this week asking for assistance for a single mother that was on the verge of being homeless. Her baby is due in mid January. And to think that God entrusted me with something of that great of importance is very humbling to me. Then when the devil tried to hinder the outcome, God showed him again who has the supreme power.

That last situation has a story of its own and it is one of those times when God just “showed out” because he can. I thought that I had found this young lady a home to rent but then due to unforseen technicalities with insurance, it didn’t work out as planned. I continued trying but I felt bad because I had already gotten this lady’s hopes up because I had told her it was worked out. As a lot of you probably know already, early Saturday morning around 12 AM, I put an urgent plea on Facebook for a room, apartment, home, or what ever for this lady to move into. One reason it was so critical was because if she had not of found a place, she would have had to go stay with friends in Charlotte and that would have taken her away from her doctors in the last month of her pregnancy. Now, is the part where it starts getting good. Just as soon as I had posted that urgent request, I prayed and said something to the effect of “Lord, I know that somebody has a place for this lady and if you will, please help me find it before Sunday.” That was the day when she was going to have to leave where she was staying. After I prayed, I began doing my regular daily post. About an hour and a half later, I noticed I had a new message. I looked at it and it said, “we have a spare room.” I know that it’s an entirely different situation but I could not help but think of Mary. She was also a pregnant lady that there wasn’t a room for. I also thought about that inn keeper that made a place for her in the stable. For probably the first time instead of thinking of the keeper as not having room for her, I thought about how that rather than sending her away he made room for her. Rather than seeing him as a greedy uncaring business man, I saw him for the compassion he had on her to give her a place to have her baby. Too many times we focus on what he didn’t give her and not on what he did give her. Maybe I am the only one that is that slow to catch on but at least I finally did. Getting back to our current situation, after talking to this couple on Saturday morning, the lady of the home said they would be thrilled to have this young lady stay with them. When I told her about my prayer after putting my desperate plea on Facebook, I thought she was about to get unhinged. She said she is never up that late much less on Facebook at that time but for some reason she was Friday night. She was overjoyed at the thought that God would allow her and her husband to be a part of something so important as taking care of this baby’s momma while she awaits his arrival. When I told her that this young lady didn’t have any family here, she insisted even further on taking her in. She said that this young lady had to have a family for Christmas. The speed in which God answered my prayer, the compassionate heart of this couple, and just the privilege of getting to be a small part of bringing it altogether is what is so humbling to me. God didn’t have to allow me to have that blessing but he did and I am thankful. So now as of Sunday afternoon, this young lady will be settling in with her new surrogate family and getting ready for Christmas and then the birth of her baby in January to start the year off right.

As if that wasn’t enough, Friday evening I had the privilege of sending some food to a family that was in need. And then, I received an offer for some help that will be extremely beneficial to H.O.P.E. Ministries. From the blessing of delivering Senior Gift Bags to helping find that lady a home, to the blessing of getting to help someone with groceries to the Lord presenting unforseen opportunities for the ministry; it amazes me how one man can be so blessed. A friend of mine asked me Saturday how I was doing and I replied, “Do you know how sometimes you just have one of those weeks?” and he said he knew about those weeks. Then I grinned and said, “I have had one of those weeks where it has been one blessing after another!” Like I said to begin with, I don’t want to come across as bragging, at least not on myself, but I sure do have a big God that is way better to me than what I deserve. By the way, the home I thought I had found for the young lady to rent; it may wind up working out in the future for her anyway. You just can’t beat God’s timing can you? He is always right on time and does everything “exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think (Ephesians 3:20).” I am humbled and honored to be able to be a small part of what God is doing. What a blessing! Have a blessed day in the Lord!!!


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