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As I was talking with a women’s ministry director at a church training conference, I hoped she would invite me to speak at her women’s retreat. I enjoyed one of the freshly baked chocolate chip cookies set before us while we sat in the lounge of the convention center. When she asked my opinion on some important issues, I spoke with confident tones. I was thrilled to see her staring at my mouth, obviously eager to hear my every word. Surely, I was impressing her. All I have to do is say the right things, I assured myself, as I anxiously tried to think of what those “right things” might be.

After we concluded, I headed for the restroom feeling content with the open door God had given me. I walked through the restroom door and saw my reflection in the mirror. What’s that dark thing on my lip? I went closer and realized chocolate was dripping down my lip and chin. Oh, no, how long has that been there? I realized the mess had decorated my face during most of our conversation. For whatever reason, she had not felt comfortable telling me.

Oh, Lord, what have you done to me? What about my pithy statements and wise admonitions? How foolish I must have looked. How humiliating!

In a flash of truth, I recognized my dissatisfaction with God’s plan. And I started laughing. Oh, Lord, you do have a sense of humor. Please forgive me for my pride and self-importance. I fell into that trap again. But I also acknowledged God’s power because rather than being discontent with myself for the next five days (like other times), the reflection in the bathroom mirror brought immediate joy. I started laughing! My heart rejoiced! I thought, I have grown in this area!

 

Kathy Collard Miller

Kathy Collard Miller

Kathy Collard Miller is an international speaker and author of over 55 books including Heart Wisdom: Daughters of the King Bible Study Series, a women’s Bible study on Proverbs. www.KathyCollardMiller.com

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About Kathy Collard Miller

Kathy Collard Miller is the author of 51 books including "Choices of the Heart: Daughters of the King Bible study series". She is also an internationally traveled speaker, speaking in 31 states and 8 foreign countries. She lives in Southern California with her husband, Larry, with whom she often writes and speaks at marriage retreats. Her primary ministry is writing women's Christian living books and speaking at women's retreats and events. She loves to encourage women to know who they are in Christ and how to trust God more.

4 Thoughts on “God’s Creative Humbling

  1. Dianne Neal Matthews on February 21, 2020 at 8:18 AM said:

    Thanks for sharing this, Kathy. I’ve had similar experiences of God’s humorous humbling, and like you I use those times as material for devotions and blog posts. 🙂

    • Thanks for commenting Dianne. I knew my experience was a common one and as with all our experiences, as you’ve done, He intends for us to use them to bring glory to His Name! How blessed we are to represent Him!

  2. Great story, Cathy.
    I’m in the desert until end of April, maybe we can hook up.
    I’ll shortly be releasing my memoir and joining CAN.
    MarleneWorrallAmazon.com author page (6 books on Amazon)

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