Inward upward onward Day 7=Miracles and Mother Teresa
And so the story goes… one day in the mother house in Calcutta one of the novices who was working in the kitchen came up to Mother Teresa and said they had made a big mistake. They had not properly planned and the kitchen was bare. Three hundred nuns would be coming in less than 2 hours expecting the daily meal and there would be nothing. The young novice says that she expected Mother Teresa to pick up the phone, call one of her benefactors and get the problem solved in minutes. Instead, Mother Teresa simply said, “Sister you’re in charge of the kitchen this week? Well then, go into the chapel and tell Jesus we have no food. That’s settled. Now let’s move on. What’s next?”
Here is an excerpt from the story as told by the novice, herself.
“Lo and behold, ten minutes later there was a ring at the door and Mother Teresa was called downstairs. A man she had never seen before was standing there with a clipboard. He addressed her saying ‘Mother Teresa, we were just informed that the teachers at the city schools are going on strike. Classes have been dismissed and we have 7,000 lunches we don’t know what to do with. Can you help us use them?’
God provided for the needs of his children. “
A God moment for sure. Can you see the young woman racing around trying to find a solution? Enter Mother Teresa who tells her to go and pray. The novice prayed. She let go and let God take over. These moments don’t just happen to Mother Teresa. We have all seen them. At that moment when we stop moving and turn it over to God, God steps in. I tell a long and involved story (too long for this blog) about my days in Africa. I was working on a project and literally stuck in the lobby of a major relief organization who had put a halt to everything. Angry, frustrated and unsure of what to do, I turned to prayer and then sat down and just began singing. I was working to learn the song, “Here I am Lord,” in the local language. As I sang, the head of the relief organization walked down the hall, heard me sing “I will hold your people in my heart” in his language and stepped in to save the day.
I know, I know….for every story like these they are stories of the prayers where we did not get the answer we were looking for. So what is the thread in the examples of God visibly moving in the world? I certainly don’t have THE answer for that, but I do have some thoughts. I’ll start with that great verse from Matthew 6 verse 33.
“But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.”
In his book, “The Workbook of Living Prayer,” Maxie Dunnam adds this: “ …we need to remember always that success is not in maximizing our self-interests, but in living in interdependence as a part of God’s family. Our petitions then, are focused not upon our self-interest, but upon our deep need for community and the needs of humankind. “
When we are seeking His kingdom first, we go out into the world to do his work knowing and trusting that God is moving with us and in us and through us.
Grace and Peace