In Joppa there was a disciple named Tabitha (which, when translated, is Dorcas), who was always doing good and helping the poor. About that time she became sick and died, and her body was washed and placed in an upstairs room. Lydda was near Joppa; so when the disciples heard that Peter was in Lydda, they sent two men to him and urged him, “Please come at once!”
I can relate to this woman named Tabitha because Luke tells us in the next verses that she is a woman who sews! From a young age I desperately wanted to sew ~ so I taught myself. I can’t say that the first things I made were great but I kept at it and haven’t stopped. God gives each of us talents and I am so thankful that He saw fit to give me this talent. However, there is one key difference between me and Tabitha ~ she touched lives with her sewing. I often just sew for myself. With God’s help, this is an area that I want to improve upon ~ I want to sew and bring smiles to many. I am going to pray for God to show me ways that I can bless others with this talent that He gave me. Here’s a little more about Tabitha and how wonderful and impactful her life was ~ a life worth saving:
Peter went with them, and when he arrived he was taken upstairs to the room. All the widows stood around him, crying and showing him the robes and other clothing that Dorcas made while she was still with them.
Peter sent them all out of the room; then he got down on his knees and prayed. Turning toward the dead woman, he said, “Tabitha, get up.” She opened her eyes, and seeing Peter she sat up.
It was as simple as that ~ “Tabitha, get up.” I hear God’s voice telling me the same thing ~ “Eva, get up.” Do you hear that as well in your life? Do you hear God prompting you to do more? If you do, hopefully we can be encouraging to each other and just “get up.”