“There is a time for everything under heaven.”  Ecclesiastes 3:1

If I knew then what I know now, how different life would be.  “Have you often wondered about that?  Why didn’t the Lord reveal that to me sooner than now?”  Sometimes we worry too much about what could have been and never live the grace of the moment—The Now.

I was ordained a priest and had high ideals and goals.  I knew all the answers and was directed and motivated by good intentions, as I saw them.  It was my plan and not the Lord’s plan.  Then a parishioner came to pray for me.  This was strange and odd.  I should be praying over him and not vice versa.  After all I was the priest and to be prayed over was something new for me.

I don’t know if it was out of fear or not being able to say “NO,” that I relented and submitted.  As he came toward me I realized that he had something that I didn’t have even with all my degrees and training.  He had a deep and personal love of Jesus Christ.  All I knew was that I wanted that—a personal relationship with my Lord, Jesus.

He prayed with me and my life has never been the same.  It changed and changed me.  As I look back now, it was truly a miracle—a sovereign move of God in my life.  The reason it didn’t happen earlier is because I was not ready.  It is God’s timing—a Kairos time for me, and it is wonderful to behold.

Fr. Mike Barry, SS.CC.

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