Monday, November 26, 2012

LITTLE GIFTS


OUR GOAL FOR COLLECTING SHOE BOXES WAS 350. Honestly, my faith was a little weak regarding our meeting that goal. (Last year’s high was 270.) So, when we counted the boxes leaving the church we were just short (346) and when we re-counted the boxes at the drop-off site still 346. Truthfully, I wasn’t discouraged in fact I was pretty excited with how graciously God’s people gave.

Later that night, as Linda and I drove in the parking lot of the church, we saw three more boxes left at the door. Wow! Now we were just one short, but it might be too late to get these boxes to the drop-off site in time. We quickly made a phone call to the local area director for Operation Christmas Child and were told we could still get them in if we did so Monday morning. Whew!

A little while later, after posting to Face Book our numbers we got an AWANA mom asking if she could get us their box! Can you believe it? We hit 350 on the nose! Then another contact and we discovered three more boxes had been delivered to the drop-off from Felton Bible Church members. The count was now 353! Goal met! Goal surpassed!

All this got me thinking about a Bible verse the Holy Spirit has been impressing upon me over the past three weeks; the LORD told Zechariah, “Who dares despise the day of small things, since the seven eyes of the LORD that range throughout the earth will rejoice when they see the chosen capstone in the hand of Zerubbabel?” ( Zechariah 4:10 ) I have been learning that the Lord is often at work in the small places and in small ways but the end thereof will be great and to His glory, as it should be.

The Lord could have provided 353 boxes on Sunday morning and we would have rejoiced. But providing as He did, little by little, He was continually surprising us by His provision. He met our self-imposed goal and then some and He did it in a way that caused us to give Him glory over and over. It was the little number that made the bigger number that much bigger!

What is God doing in your life? Maybe it is not big and flashy. Maybe it seems small and insignificant to you, but it is often in the small and insignificant that the true blessing is found. Remember the manger? 

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