My wife Diane likes to tell people that you need to pray specific prayers, not just generalized prayers. She will tell them that when I was a wanderer with no relationship with Jesus, she was praying for me to become the spiritual leader she knew God desired me to be. She will then laugh and say, “I meant of the home, but I was not specific and God went and made him a pastor.” It is amazing what God has done in and through my life. It is nothing short of a miracle.
But today, on Diane’s birthday (as much as this post will be difficult for her – I mean it is difficult to read and hear kind things about yourself) I want to give a shout out to God for the partner He has given me to make the ministry possible. Artificial Intelligence puts it this way:
God created man from the dust of the ground and gave him life by the direct breath of God (Genesis 1:7), but He knew that His creation of one solitary man was incomplete due to the animals being unable to provide companionship and help on his level (Genesis 2:19-20). Therefore, God said, “It is not good that man should be alone; I will make him a helper comparable to him” (Genesis 2:18).
I am blessed to have a “job” where I make a living serving God. But the truth often comes out when our advocates in the church are arguing for a yearly raise, “We’re getting two for the price of one”.
We would normally be at the beach this week for her birthday, but she is doing what she does. Serving the Lord by shining her light, and boy howdy, does she shine. Anyone who is my Facebook friend knows she is helping out her friend Jenna as a server at The Corner Bistro in Fort Ashby. Jenna’s other daytime server is out of town this week, so Diane stayed in the area to help her friend. I do not say this to bring glory to Diane or make Jenna feel bad that Diane is not at the beach. I say this to bring glory to God as I point out that all she does is try to live a life worthy of her calling as a redeemed child of the King. She lives out her life not only as my “helper” (partner), but as a compassionate and selfless child of God spreading His love everywhere she goes. I know many of you, like me, are grateful to God that He thought it was a good idea for her to be born. Today, I say to her, Happy Birthday. And thank You God for this helper, not just for me, but a helper to all of those she comes in contact with.