One day out of the blue, the thought ran through my mind that I should really learn how to speak Spanish. It was impressed upon me that if I learned how to speak Spanish, I would be able to witness to so many more people about the Lord. I prayed about this thought for several weeks. One day while I was out at the office supply store buying some pens, I thought about speaking Spanish. I had been told that I could purchase a program for my computer that would teach me Spanish. I asked the clerk if they had such a program and he directed me to that area. After looking at all the different programs, I purchased Microsoft Spanish Deluxe Encarta.
When I arrived home I started to play around with the program. I became excited at the thought of being able to learn this language. After learning a few words, I tried them out on a lady at work who is from Columbia. She was so sweet and happy that I was trying to learn her language. She told me she would be glad to help me. Little did I know, she was actually a Spanish teacher. She started speaking Spanish to me periodically during the day. She would even email me in Spanish. I was really having fun learning.
Then came the Holidays. I had nobody to practice speaking Spanish with and I realized that I had too many eggs in the frying pan (too much on the go). Here I was preparing to teach a Sunday School lesson on Sunday Morning, not to mention, I spent a great deal of time preparing the lesson. I had choir practice plus there was Wednesday night Bible Study at church along with Sunday Night Service. I was also in a Bible Study every Monday night that required a great deal of studying. I was beginning to feel a little stretched to say the least.
I started praying, asking the Lord to show me if I needed to drop something in order to learn Spanish. The Tuesday after New Year’s day when I went back to work, the thought came in my mind that I should call the Community College and see if they offered any Spanish classes at night. I called and ended up registering for their Spanish class. After I hung up the phone, I realized that the class was on Monday Night. This meant that I would have to drop my Monday Night Bible Study in order to take Spanish. I said, “Lord, I hate to give up my Bible Study because we are right in the middle of the book of Acts,” and this small still voice said, “It’s only for a few months, you can go back to Bible Study after your Spanish Class is completed.”
I mentioned to my boss at work that Maria (the lady at work) was helping me with learning to speak Spanish and that I had just registered for a Spanish Class at the Community College. She said, “that is great.” She also told me that the Company would pay for me to take the Class. She told me that my hours would count toward the number of hours I needed of class time for my job. My Company requires that all employees take a certain amount of Classes that are offered by the Company via teleconference or Internet during the year.
In reflecting on all of the events that were orchestrated, I realized that what started out to be a simple act of being led to learn Spanish in order to witness, had turned into a bunch of blessings that I never anticipated. God is so GOOD! Not only am I learning to speak Spanish, the Lord placed a wonderful friend in my path at work who is teaching me and helping me with any problems I incur while taking my class at the Community College. It will not cost me a dime and I will earn the credits I need for my job. Most importantly, as Maria says, “You will have a whole New World opened up to you.” Here is the clincher: Wednesday Night Service at my church is beginning a new study in the book of Acts — tell me God isn’t in control!
“I praise you and Thank You Christ Jesus for the plans you have for me. Plans to prosper me and not to harm me, plans to give me a hope and a future. You are so worthy my Lord!”
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.” (Jeremiah 29:12-13)
“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” (Romans 8:28)