“We Have It Too Good”

The elderly woman approached me in the dairy section with a look of recognition. She was a fellow-member of the seniors’ Bible study at the church and she did not have me in the context of part-time dairy man. The broad smile appeared, and we went through simple re-introductions. She commented that she had not seen me recently in church with my wife.

I was obscure with my explanation.

Quickly she responded, “I tell you, we all have it too good. We will have to see some bad times before we are ready to see the Lord move again in our midst.”

Looking quite alert in her eighty-third year she began to tell me of revival which she witnessed in Eastern Europe and Russia in the five years following World War Two. She was Romanian born and came under Nazi and then Russian occupation. Thousands of youths had been rounded up by the Russians and were headed to repopulate and redevelop the land ravaged by the onslaught of the Fuhrer. Her command of the Russian language was excellent and she intercepted many of the thoughts and plans of her overseers which had been intended as confidential.

The relocated people were deprived of food and medicine and many were falling seriously gaunt and ill. She came down with jaundice and other complications and heard her captors predicting that she was not likely to live. A seventeen year old girl facing such odds! In her darkest moments she reached out beyond Sunday School experiences to a loving Jesus whom she beseeched for salvation and healing. That night she felt new vigour and hope and a new beginning.

“I tell you sir I saw revival in the streets in these terrible circumstances. People stopping from their work to cry out to God for forgiveness and help. It did not take a church. The Holy Spirit was at work marvelously. All this going on under the noses of the Communists who were committed to silencing the message of Jesus. And here I am now, alive in my eighties, in Canada. It must be that the Lord still has some work for me to do. Still some souls within my sphere who are yet to come in.”

How I was inspired, standing by the half-priced chocolate milk, talking to this remarkable woman of faith. Hearing this living testimony.

Now none of this had ever come out in our year or more together at the Bible study. Sad.

“Foot-washing” of saints and by saints can happen in the most unlikely of places. It MUST be given place to operate.

Doug Blair, Waterloo, ON


5 thoughts on ““We Have It Too Good”

  1. Doug, the best thing that happened at the movie theatre yesterday was the impromptu poetry reading I gave after having arrived way early to assure a seat. I read two and about halfway into “city stew” the previews started. After the movie a small group of us met outside the theatre, Jody, myself, A Pastor his wife and two sons, another elderly couple, a young woman who attended solo. Names were exchanged Glory and thanks be to God given. As I was leaving the youngest son (adopted) hugged me and was trying to give me a five dollar bill. I said I couldn’t accept it…he looked me right dead in the eye and said: “God told me to give this to you.” I hugged that boy like he was my own! I cried all the way home, I realized that I have not worked for over 5 months due to a heart attack and subsequent surgery. I’ve been praying, asking what I should do? I know that I want but am incapable of returning to my old line of work. Yet provision for our every needs has not lacked in the least. I believe the Lord was telling me I was on the right track, continue to follow me and don’t worry about what you are to live on. Your post is most timely dear Doug, most timely indeed! I am grateful in all ways to the Lord in all ways. The Pastor discussed coming to read for his congregation, I said: “any time, anywhere it would be an honor to do so.” The fact that the interim leader in the Ukraine is a Christian Minister is NO SMALL COINCIDENCE, AMEN?!
    B.T.W., “half-priced chocolate milk” that is a miracle!

  2. Precious Doug.
    All glory to God Anthony.

  3. Anthony you are going to have more people grab on to you and say “Please Sir, recite to us more, give us more. It is going down in big chunks for the first time seemingly. If Jesus can be this sort of thing; do this sort of thing, we ‘ve just got to know Him. This is no religious re-hash. We wish that time would just stand still for us …in this, this honest discovery.”

  4. The most uncanny thing about it all Doug and Liana, the young man bore a startling resemblance to Trayvon Martin.

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