“In Him was life, and the life was the light of men.” (John 1:4 ESV)

Wednesday, July 19, 2023

Available or Not?

 by Macy Johnson

“What do you think? There was a man who had two sons.

He went to the first and said,

‘Son, go and work today in the vineyard.’”

(Matthew 21:28 NIV)


It was time to put our beloved popup camper on the market. We had purchased a new camper trailer and packed it for its maiden voyage. I filled out all the forms online on to list the popup for sale, throw out the bait, and entice bites.


Less than a week later, while in the middle of our camping trip with our brand new Johnson Playhouse, I received an email from RV Trader. I had a lead! Two more nibbles followed close behind. Each email included the question: “Is your popup camper still available?”


Electronic conversations ensued, back and forth, with questions and answers, clarifications and details. One email chain migrated to text messages. I discovered connections straight from our heavenly Father – mutual friends on Facebook. God brought us together with the commonality of a love of camping and presented a new home for the popup. 


I receive questions from God regularly similar to those in the RV Trader emails: “Are you available to serve in my kingdom today?”


“Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying,

“Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?”

And I said, “Here am I. Send me!”

(Isaiah 6:8 NIV)


God presents ways to bless us, not just use us for His kingdom. I believe the son who said he would serve (in Jesus’ parable in Matthew 21) missed out on the blessings from his father when he backed out and didn’t work in the vineyard. The son who did serve received the blessings.


I will make myself available for every opportunity to serve in God’s kingdom. I hope you will, too!

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