The woman, sitting with me at the conference table, did an extraordinary thing…
It all started with my saying, “I love your bible.”
On the spine, I noticed the words “Amplified version” printed. I love the Amplified Version. It gives rich context to the original Hebrew and Greek words in the Word. I admired her treasure. Yet, what this woman didn’t know was my hunt in the last year to find, not just an “Amplified Version” bible, but a “Classic Amplified” version bible.
“Classic Amplified” bibles are out-of-print and not so easily found. I’ve looked here and there online, without much success. I’ve thought about how I want this translation on multiple occasions.
So, needless to say, I was surprised when she responded, “Well, this is actually a Classic Amplified Version.”
I didn’t want to covet. Yet inside, I wondered if coveting a bible is okay?? I didn’t know. Either way, I oohed and ahhed a little louder.
“Oh my goodness, that is a Classic Amplified Bible?” I said. “I’ve searched far and wide for that very book.”
Then, the conference started up, proceeded on, and before I knew it, it was over.
Looking longingly at her treasure, I waved goodbye to my fellow seatmate saying, “Hey. It was nice meeting you. I hope you really enjoy that bible.”
I wasn’t about 5 steps away when I heard her call my name. I looked back, and I saw her plucking papers out the book.
She extended it towards me. A tear formed in my eye. This woman was giving me her treasure so I could treasure it.
My heart was touched. God knew what I wanted– and He gave it to me. God saw.
My friend, God sees your heart. He knows what you need. He is aware of what you desire. He is a good Father.
If you then, evil as you are, know how to give good and advantageous gifts to your children, how much more will your Father Who is in heaven [perfect as He is] give good and advantageous things to those who keep on asking Him! (Mt. 7:11 AMPC — Classic!!!)
The Lord has good and advantageous things to give to you.
Are you asking? Seeking? Hoping? Or, have you lost hope that you have a good Father who cares for you? I’m sure of it — He loves to hear your voice.
My dear friend, I feel strongly led to say: do not give up with your requests. Do not back down. Keep asking. Ask more. Ask louder. Knock more. Talk to your Father; He loves you.
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What a generous gift. How kind of God to lead you to just the person who had this Bible and would be willing to part with it.
That woman must have heard your heart because she was listening to God’s heart regularly! Such a sweet story.
Wow…what a blessing! The Bible itself would be, but knowing that God orchestrated that blessing is amazing!
Can I ask what the differnce is between the classic and the recent version?
I’m asking. I think I need to do more seeking and hoping.
That is such a heartwarming story. God answers prayers when we least expect it.
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Perhaps she heard the word of the Lord whispering in her ear and she knows that he will give back tenfold what she gives away to someone in need.
What a generous gesture and testimony that God knows our hearts. Thank you for sharing it! And thank you for hosting each week. Have a great one Kelly!
What a gift!!
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What an amazing gift. God is so good. No, I am not giving up.
When the Son has made the sinner free, he is free indeed. God bless us all!