by Alma L. Carr-Jones
Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need. Hebrews 4:16 KJV
Blam! Blam! Blam! “Momma, somebody is at the door!” Louise knew it was the Rent Man there to collect the rent. Her momma opened the door.
“Well, you got my money this morning?”
“No sir, I don’t. Can you give me one more week? I can catch up on the rent then, sir.”
“Don’t bother; I want you gone by Sunday or I will have you set out!”
“Now see here Mr. Rent Man, you can’t …”
Louise stepped boldly in front of her mother. “Excuse me, good morning Mr. Rent Man.” Her words came out a whisper.
“Uh, good morning Lula’s little kid,” and down the steps he stormed.
Later at church, Louise’s prayer was silent but fervent. “Hey, JESUS, It’s me. The rent man was hollering at Momma and he told her we have to move by Sunday. I don’t know what to do. Please help us. Thank you, Jesus. Amen.”
The next day she walked up the huge steps, wiped her nervous, sweaty hands on her dress, and went inside the door of The Cotton Exchange. She asked a lady for Mr. Fred Smith.
When she walked into his office, he looked up distractedly from his desk. “Excuse me, Mr. Smith. My name’s Louise; I’m Lula Mae’s daughter. We live on…”
“I know where you live and I know your Momma,” he interrupted.
“Yes sir, well the bus ride took my $0.50 but I have ten cents left from the bus that you can have and Momma will only owe you $9.90.”
Mr. Smith nodded and cleared his throat, “Put the dime on the table and tell Lula Mae I’ll see her on Sunday.” “Yes sir! Thank you, sir!” She thanked Jesus all the way home!
Grace to help in time of need. The above verse says that God knew there would be times in our lives when we would have need. Because He knew about the need, He prepared the way for us. You see, I learned need when I was a child and learned where and how to go for help in those times. I prayed in faith; I stated my need; I thanked God, and closed my prayer. My need was met by God’s grace through the rent man because the LORD gave me favor in his sight.
Have you ever been in need and experienced someone’s grace? Has God ever given you an opportunity to show grace to someone else? Look for opportunities this week to offer grace. Don’t be surprised if God uses you in some mighty ways.
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About the author: Alma L. Carr-Jones, wife of gospel minister Bro. Paul C. Jones and mother of two children, is a beloved educator, poet/author, and speaker. Alma lives in McKenzie, Tennessee. To date, she has published Chopping My Row, Get Yourself Up (Book 1 of The Tallest Mountain Series), and three volumes of poetry. Alma’s motto is, “Doing what I can while I can.” She says of her writing; “Leaving a positive legacy each day, so that my words can help countless others, even after my voice is stilled.”
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