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God's Touch on Betty

"In everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you." (I Thessalonians 5:18.

Betty Wiebe Betty Wiebe is a short but outgoing woman of nearly 90, with a face and life that glows with love for the Lord, and her family, and church. She goes out of her way to bless other seniors in her apartment building who are lonely and need companionship.

It was not always this way. In her childhood and youth, Betty was filled with fear. Her fear was focused on desiring to connect with God. Her heart cried out to Him often and since her family went to an old Mennonite church only rarely, (partly because they understood the High German so poorly), she had limited knowledge of how to pray,

Their first language in their home was Plaut Dietsche or Low German, but thinking one had to pray in the language of the church, The Lord gave Betty a Bible verse she had learned to recite in High German as her prayer. It is found in Matthew 7, verses 7 and 8 and in English they read, "Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks, the door will be opened." Betty knelt by her bed often and recited this passage but was not convinced that God was hearing her.

Sometimes one of her sisters would knock on the bedroom door to disturb her, and even try to get the other siblings to do the same.

Looking back, Betty says Ephesians 2:1-3 describes her spiritual condition. "And you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins, in which you once walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now works in the sons of disobedience, "

Distracted with fear and worry Betty finally decided that if she joined the church and took communion - that should help her to obey God. Her parents agreed that she could do this.

But then she would have to learn and recite the catechism, and that was a big problem. The oldest three of thirteen in their family had never gone to school. They were needed on the farm; Betty was one of those three, and could not read.

She despaired. But her parents urged her to continue with this plan. Somehow the church leaders accepted her weak efforts, just going on to the next question. Betty was baptized in 1944 when she was 22 years old.

t disappointed her that baptism did not give her any sense of salvation or having connected with God. For another year or so, Betty often found herself praying the Ask, Seek, and Knock... verses in an effort to get God to let her into His kingdom.

Looking back, Betty says that the song she has heard in more recent years, He Touched Me describes the joy that flooded her soul.

Then one day, while on her knees, with this unusual prayer, a light came down from heaven. She believed it was the Holy Spirit coming upon her. At once she felt assurance that God had heard and accepted her. She was part of His family at last. God knew her!

Betty was so very relieved and at peace. As Betty prayed all her fears disappeared.

She got up and walked into her parents' room, where her father saw immediately that something had changed in her. "What's with you?" he asked.

After that, Betty had joy in most mundane tasks, even going to the pasture to bring the cows home for milking. How wonderfully light her heart was!

Looking back, Betty feels that God was faithful to do as He has promised in Psalm 32:8, "I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go, I will counsel you and watch over you."

Sometime later she got a job working in the Rosthern Nursing Home as a nurse's aide. They had to take turns to read Scripture and to pray in the daily staff devotional time. Betty was horrified to discover that she was expected to take her turns too. It scared her, but it was also good for her, because it forced her to learn to read and to pray openly in the presence of others.

Betty is quick to point out that she failed many, many times! In fact, another song from a more current era describes what her life has been like as a believer and follower of Jesus; He's Still Working on Me!



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