“The one who blesses others is abundantly blessed; those who help others are helped.”
And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.
Happy Thanksgiving and thank you for stopping by today! For those of you who were joining in on the season of thankfulness and counting the days until Thanksgiving, some of you might be asking . . . why did she stop on day 18? Admittedly, I got busy.
My church culminated a 40-day prayer challenge with a 24-hour fast and prayer event that I helped to organize. It was beyond what we could have imagined and God moved in powerful ways. Each day I have been bursting to share the revelations God has shown me during this season, and today I want to share something special God did this week which has left me humbled and grateful, overwhelmed at His goodness.
Shopping for groceries to prepare the Thanksgiving meal to bring to family in another state, I was in a flurry walking through Wal-Mart, thoughts swimming through my mind of how I could fit in time to make the meal, work and finish planning worship services.
Suddenly a manager interrupted my thought process and motioned for me to stand in another line. He insisted that he wanted me in that line, that he was the manager and had the authority to do so.
Less wait for me, so I was grateful. The woman in front of me was ringing out and then frantically realized she did not have enough money for her order. Somewhere in the store she had dropped a $20 bill. I’ve been there before – walking up to the register with sweaty palms and anxiety flowing through my body, wondering if my debit card will be rejected or not and the ensuing shame felt as people watch to see if I will have enough to pay.
Suddenly the Lord put on my heart to ask how much she needed and then prompted me to offer to pay the difference. “You don’t know me”, she said. Before I could think, the words came out of my mouth, “But Jesus does”. She began to weep. In that moment, it really was not about me helping her, but about a God who sees and puts people where he wants them to send a message of His love.
She had just told God that she could not do it anymore – her faith was low, she felt like Job. God saw her and sent encouragement when she needed it most. Awesome God.
The amazing thing about being willing to be used by God is that when you are blessing others, you are blessed, as well. There is something in the sacrifice of giving that brings an inner joy to both the giver and the recipient. Indeed, it is a miracle, God in the midst, working through people for His glory and their benefit.
In celebration of Thanksgiving, may the gratitude we feel from God’s bounty in our direction become an action of expressing blessing for others from the overflow of God to us. What a beautiful celebration, indeed.
On this amazing day, when we consider and celebrate a holiday to pause and reflect on individual and corporate blessings, I am most thankful for Jesus, that God saves us and allows us to know Him and then is willing to use us as part of His plan to share His love with the world. Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!
Thank you, God, for knowing the number of hairs on our head, for counting every tear, for noticing our pain and for never leaving us or forsaking us. I love you, Lord!
~Devoted to the precious sister in Christ whom God had our paths cross. Keep the faith. He is enough.