Timothy E. Hicks
Copyright 2005 by Tim Hicks
Sept. 13, 2005
About three years ago, I found myself out of work and so when a friend of mine from church told me he needed help running leads and doing estimates for his re-modeling contracting business, of course I said yes.
I had been praying and believing that God was going to supply me with an income to meet my needs. With my background in custom home design and drafting house plans, this seemed like an answer to prayer and the perfect marriage between experience and opportunity. So with great excitement, I began making calls to potential customers.
After three or four weeks, I started to question whether or not this was such a good idea. It wasn’t as easy to get a signed contract as I had thought it would be and since I was on straight commission, paid only with a contract, after the forth week I really began to doubt that it was God who had led me to try my hand at this type of work.
Even though my mind had begun to doubt, it was my confidence in Gods Word and my faith that He would provide which kept me going. After all, His word for me was….”Do not grow weary in well doing for in due season you will reap if you faint not.” So, I just kept making the calls and believing. What I began to notice is that with every rejection I got, my faith just kept getting stronger and on the day when God finally moved on my behalf, He did so in a way that forever changed my view of adversity.
I awoke that morning and went through my usual routine. I spent some time in prayer, wrote my love letter to the Lord and spent some time reading my Bible. But I did something different that morning. I verbally and boldly began to proclaim that this was the day that God had made. I was going to rejoice and be glad in it. It was the day that I decided to claim the Blessings of Abraham just like Pastor Hayes had been teaching and so I got dressed up in my very best suit. It wasn’t very hard to choose which suit to put on since I only owned one. A decision I later regretted because the van I drove had an A/C that decided it didn’t want to cooperate. I think the forecast was calling for the hottest day of the year.