From: Mary Zimmerman
Even Jesus asked, “Who do you say I am?” Who do we say we are? Perhaps that is a question we all need to ask ourselves.
I answer to a couple other names besides Mary Zimmerman - “The Pie Lady,” “Marian the Librarian.” I share a lot of religious material, especially concerning Divine Mercy devotion and I like to tell people about it and share good books I come across. I’d also like to add the name, Mary the mini-prophet or perhaps ambassador for Christ. Oh, I can just hear some of you say, “Just who does she think she is?” Once we hear the good news we become believers, we meet Jesus, are we not supposed to share that good news in whatever talent God has blessed us with? Are we to put our lamps under a basket or let our light shine? Sharing is a very important trait and what’s more necessary than to let people know the good news of salvation? We once were lost and now God found us. That’s Amazing Grace. God says, “Go and tell it on the mountain, Jesus Christ is born.” But why?
The reason He came into this difficult world was no other than to rescue mankind. Jesus came into a world of no cars, buses, airplanes, transportation was your own two feet, there were no TVs, microwaves, running water, etc. One has to wonder if we’re really better off with today’s technology or yesterday’s simplicity! I look back in the past 70 years or so and say there were some good old days, you knew your neighbor and you helped them in whatever way you could. We often got together to play cards, went fishing, pheasant hunting, cherry and plum picking, harvested crops together. We tried very hard to do God’s will and follow his advice. Love your neighbor as yourself.
I remember when I was a young girl hearing about the will of God being mentioned, but I guess not really understanding exactly what that meant. Now as I’m older, possibly in my “golden years,” I understand that more and more. God has a plan for each of us. It’s referred to as His will. He has His ways of making it known to us, if we have a feeling, an inspiration to do or accomplish something and it’s God will, He will anoint and help make it happen. When I was raising seven children it never entered my mind to bake pies to raise money for the needy. Later on in life God put that mission on my heart. The orders just came enough to keep me continuously busy (a short interruption during a spell of depression) for one year, accomplishing 1,000 pies. Did I have help? You bet I did, all my wonderful customers who ordered pies, many people donating ingredients and my great-granddaughter Tegan a big help to me once in awhile. And in an almost miraculous way I felt God working with me, inspiring me with ways to make better pies, faster. In other words I felt His anointing on my work, just as I do with my writing. I feel very strongly that it’s a message from God. In other words, God’s will for me to help save souls, be a fisher of men. Doesn’t that describe a prophet?
In this busy world we must all find some quiet time if we are to hear the whisper of God, His will for us.
In Richard Carlson’s book “Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff,” he addresses just that in one chapter. He suggested getting up early and consider that your “special time.” Your time to get your self spiritually dressed, put on the armor of God - love, joy, forgiveness, patience, hope - called gifts of the Holy Spirit, and your day will proceed in a more orderly, enjoyable way. No, we can’t save the world, but we can help some of it. Let’s say every mother and father would take on the responsibility to pray for and help their children in whatever way God leads them to do so. Wouldn’t that have an awesome impact on humanity and the world? I don’t believe we’d have to live with today’s ills, abortion, wars, conflicts of every nature. I believe we’d have the peace God wishes for us, the peace that goes beyond all understanding. Let us all work toward that peace, then we’ll become ambassadors for Christ doing His most holy will. I like that title but actually now it’s clear to me I really don’t need any special title. I’m quite content to be known as God’s little one - a child of God.