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Hey guys,

I believe that God never wastes our time. We waste His time frequently but God in His mercy and diligence does not do that to us. In fact, it says in Psalm 103:13-16 [NLT]

[13] The LORD is like a father to his children, tender and compassionate to those who fear him. [14] For he knows how weak we are; he remembers we are only dust. [15] Our days on earth are like grass; like wildflowers, we bloom and die. [16] The wind blows, and we are gone- as though we had never been here.

Off the back of that, last week I felt God telling me to not bother to wear makeup to my meeting with my PhD supervisor, which was supposed to take place this week. So I went with it! 

I went to Kent this week to see my supervisor as planned. When I got to university I saw these young people walking around with stuck on nametags looking lost and they obviously didn’t go to the university. I carried on to my supervisors office and to my surprise he wasn’t in his office! I’m like gah! I’ve come all this way! (I live in Essex btw).

So I’m standing in the hallway waiting and hoping that my supervisor would turn up and I see a guy sitting on a bench eating his lunch in the green area outside. It was actually sunny that day!

I thought, that’s funny, most people eat inside in the canteen or the cafe or the students union. I noticed There was a peacefulness about this guy. 

I thought “That guy had the right idea, sitting outside right now is a good idea!” So I decided to go out and sit with him, I also felt a little sorry for him bring by himself, as he was obviously a visitor to the university, as evidenced by the fact that he wasn’t eating in the canteen like everyone else. Also, I thought it would be nice to email my supervisor outside in the sun instead of inside.

So I went outside and sat on the bench under the tree with him. Having been to university not once, not twice but three times now, I know what it’s like to go to a university campus, get lost and not know anyone. So I couldn’t help but talk to him because that’s what I would have appreciated when I was a Fresher. I just wanted to double check that he wasn’t lost and so on.

Turned out he was one of the people with the sticker nametags that I saw earlier. He was an A-level student, Asian and his name was Abraham. Turned out he was a Christian and I’m a Christian and he was there for an interview. He also went to an Asian Pentecostal church in South London. My church is in South London! I was telling him about what my PhD is about and He was telling me about what he wanted to do. We talked about the modern church, women in leadership and current trends in worship and liturgy. It was great! All of this was happening whist I was supposed to be having a meeting, which I rescheduled with my supervisor, who had gotten the wrong date.

In the end I prayed for Abraham for his interview and after praying for him he went to his interview and I went back to the station.

Now, I don’t believe that that was a wasted journey. God took me all the way from Essex to Kent just to pray for that young man then go home and if that was what God wanted them so be it.

I am personally relived and thankful that God used me in that way. It shows trust. Think about it. Could God not have gotten someone closer, who actually lived in that county to pray for Abraham? God wanted to teach me something and Abraham something.

The lesson is:

BE USABLE, BE AVAILABLE AND BE HONORABLE IN THE SIGHT OF GOD. 

I had to be those things in order to be there spiritually for another person when God needed me to be. I’m still a work in progress like everyone else though.

Those traits, like talking to lonely people, come from relationship with Jesus. You take on His personality traits, the more you spend time with Him. This can be in the form of simple things like reading your Bible every morning before you get out of bed and every evening before you go to sleep.

Building a relationship with God with the same diligence as you would with a boyfriend or a girlfriend, makes God begin to use you. I am guilty, like everyone else, of wasting me and Jesus’ bonding time. I repent and in Gods mercy He makes good use of my time doing things like the above. 

My journey was not a waste of time because whenever you do what God wants you to do you grow as a person and are more useful to society because of it. Life is just about doing what God wants you to do.

So don’t waste anymore of your or Gods time because as it says in 1 Chronicles 29:15 [NLT]

[15] We are here for only a moment, visitors and strangers in the land as our ancestors were before us. Our days on earth are like a passing shadow, gone so soon without a trace.

So we have no time at all to waste!

Love

Catherine x

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p.s.

My makeup is expensive and it would have been a waste to wear it to a meeting that didn’t happen!

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