God’s Marvellous Leading

Anna Schlegel

Literature Evangelist Victorian Conference.

Joe Paola

The day was off to a good start. Not only did the door of the first house open but the young woman on the other side was very polite and well spoken. Her accent revealed she was a new Australian. Door sales were a familiar feature of her early days in our country. She had encountered some nasty people and this influenced her to be especially kind to people like me. Her studies of dietetics and nutrition actually weighed her against looking at our Abundant Living Series books – she simply had too many. It occurred to me that I should share with her Live More Happy by Dr Darren MortonShe didn’t even try to disguise her keen interest. She bought the book.

The next resident in the street spoke of stress in the workplace and could not afford the big books but immediately purchased Live More Happy to help develop strategies to cope. She gladly received a Signs to complement this wonderful resource.

Dave was emptying rubbish into his bins. I smiled inside when he invited me in and the door had a “Do not knock” sticker on it. During the demo his story came out: as a child he was ward of the state, played a pivotal role in the Royal Commission, wife suicided, sole parent to first child. He was still very much in the past and suffering in response to life’s injustices. The Family Bible seemed the perfect gift for his new wife who loved God and had a corner of their bedroom dedicated for her devotions. I shared a promise that God will continue to strengthen and uphold him (Is 41:10) but recommended he read these promises and make them his. Then I slipped a Glow brochure into his hand – “Where is God when I’m hurting?” and offered an intercessory prayer for Dave and his family.

Final visitation was the last delivery of books to an earlier contact. Sue’s daughter was conflicted about future career pathways. I shared personal testimonies of how God has closed and opened doors for myself and my sons and looking back, I couldn’t have imagined a better outcome. Sue welcomed the invitation to worship with us at church.

All of this in just three hours. My heart was throbbing with gratitude for God’s marvelous leading.I began to ponder what God was trying to tell me. People are scarred, hurting and struggling to move on. They need food for thought. This Christmas my friends will be receiving Live More Happy, a gift that keeps on giving beyond just the recipient as it is shared around. Every volunteer from our food parcels program will receive one.

Albert Schweizer’s quote found in this book expounds “It is more blessed to give than to receive” (Acts 20.35) in the following words:

 “I don’t know what your destiny will be, but one thing I do know: the only ones among you who will be really happy are those who have sought and found how to serve.”