My guest writer today is Barbara Harvey Carter, an Author, Registered Nurse, Speaker, Workshop Facilitator and AODA Counselor. She enjoys Christian counseling, speaking and participating at Christian and community events. She has a passion for women’s issues and a burden for victims of domestic abuse because “it hurts and destroys individuals and families!”
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HONORED WHEN YOU LEAST EXPECT IT
Luke 14: 10 (NIV)
“But when you are invited, take the lowest place, so that when your host comes, he will say to you, ‘Friend, move up to a better place.’ Then you will be honored in the presence of all the other guests.”
I attended a professional conference in Little Rock, Arkansas during the eighties. My high school friend was well known as an ‘alto’ gospel singer in the area. We hooked up, spent the day together, and were late arriving for the closing banquet at the hotel. I gave our tickets to the host at the door, expecting to be seated somewhere in the rear. The host recognized my friend and escorted us to a table at the front of the room. I remember feeling very special to be seated one table from the dais. Former President Bill Clinton was governor at the time and was the keynote speaker. The incident brought to mind Luke 14:10 – we didn’t ask for a front row seat or attempt to find one near the dais – I was pointing to one in the rear. But because of our humility, God allowed us to ‘move up’ to better seats.
Another time, I was attending a Black History Program in Milwaukee Wisconsin, arrived late, and surreptitiously slid into a seat at the back of the auditorium. I was spotted by the host who asked me to come take a seat on the front row. I really wanted to stay at the back since I was late and the program had already started but God honored my humility. He allowed me to be ‘asked’ to come to the front row and honored in view of all the other guests.
I’m not bragging about being elevated to seats of honor or trying to say that I’m so humble. The morale of my stories is when you feel you are not getting the respect and honor you think you deserve, don’t fret; trust that God will elevate you in due time. Continue to walk humbly before the Lord, trusting Him; taking the lowest place when you are invited to a function, then God will honor you in front of all the other guests.
Thanks for the devotion, Barbara. Great reminder. As a writer, it’s so easy to think it’s my job to promote myself. And in some ways it is, but letting God be in control takes away a lot of the stress!