by Sheri Schofield
Life has been challenging lately. First, my children’s picture books were misprinted in black and white. “Oh, Noooooo!” I told the Lord. I wandered around the house for about twenty-four hours in a state of anxious prayer. The usual method of dealing with misprinted books is to destroy and replace them. But these were books on the plan of salvation. The black and white pictures were still nice, though not saleable. “What should I do?” I asked.
Gradually, the Lord showed me his answer: I was to give those books to the pastors ministering on our Montana Native American reservations – for the children – where unemployment is 80%. Jesus was clear: This misprint was NOT a mistake! He had planned it!
My thoughts went to the printer, who would take a loss over the misprints. Surely Jesus would not let her suffer if HE was behind this! I asked the printer what she would need to recover her losses. She said she would need $4,180, money we didn’t have. I told the Lord, “If you will provide the funds to salvage those books, I will give all two thousand books away.” God is now providing the funds as the requests from those pastors pour in.
The stress from that incident may be over, but more stress is on the horizon. I keep giving it to Jesus. My new books have arrived, and the boxes weigh much more than I can lift. I wondered how I would ever get them into Walmart for my book launching party. I could just picture myself grunting and groaning, trying to manhandle those boxes! What should I do? I have a book carrier on wheels, but it was insufficient for a two-hour Walmart launch party.
For those who live in the cities, this may not seem like a big problem. But I live in the wilds of Montana! The stores rarely carry this type of thing. I talked with God about it. He showed me a picture of the Goodwill store, the right-hand aisle at the back of the store, the merchandise on the left-hand side of that aisle. I sensed His voice: “Sheri, that is where you will find what you need.”
Wow! Pretty specific, eh? So I hopped in the car, drove down the mountain, over the meadow, and through the woods to Goodwill. I went into the store and walked to the place God had shown me, wondering if there was a book carrier in that place. There was not.
“Where is it, God?” I asked. I walked around the backside of the aisle and returned to the same location.
“Look harder,” he said. And there it was, tucked away behind some other things: a light-weight, collapsible dolly. That, along with smaller boxes for the books, will provide a more professional way to move them, a way that will not hurt my back.
Isaiah 64:24 (NASB) says, “It will also come to pass that before they call, I will answer; and while they are still speaking, I will hear.” I’ve always looked to the Lord for guidance and provision, but lately I feel as though I were on a sailboat being blown across the water by the Holy Spirit’s breath. It is such an awesome place to be! God is saying, “How I love you! Let Me count the ways! Listen to My voice! I will stand at your shoulder and tell you what to do if you will stay close to Me. In this way, you will feel My love poured out on you.”
Could there possibly be a more peaceful place to be? Listen for his voice! He will take you to some incredible places . . . and not just Goodwill!
“I will instruct you and teach you in the way which you should go. I will counsel you with My eye upon you.” Psalm 32:8, NASB
About the author: Children’s ministry veteran Sheri Schofield was unexpectedly called on to save her husband’s life, a battle that took her to the Pentagon, Congress, National Security and the President of the United States. At her website, www.SheriSchofield.com, she shares this journey in her book One Step Ahead of the Devil. Sheri’s new book, The Prince And The Plan, will be launched June 1. It is designed to help parents lead their children into a saving relationship with Jesus.
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