25 cents

Today I had received a letter from Children’s Bible Hour Ministries. The letter read, “We recently received a short letter from one of our donors. Here is what it said: ‘This is some of what I have. Save it up and get something for the great ministry.’ Haley. Attached to that small note was 25 cents. It was all she had, and she had saved to send it to us. The postage cost her more than what she could send!”

Sometimes we can learn big lessons from small children. This child took what little she had and gave it to Jesus. What if we took all of our time, talents, and treasures and gave them to Jesus, think how He could use us greatly here on earth.
Luke 21:1-4 And Jesus looked up and saw the rich putting their gifts into the treasury. And He saw a poor widow putting in two small copper coins. And He said, “Truly I say to you, this poor widow put in more than all of them; for they all out of their surplus put into the offering; but she out of her poverty put in all that she had to live on.”

Waiting

Does anyone out there like waiting? I cannot say that I like it much. It seems like I am always waiting on something. Today I was following an old man who was driving 40 mph in a 55 mph. He would get up to 50 mph, then he would slam on his brakes and drop down to 40 mph and do it again. So I patiently waited for the passing zone (ha-ha), only to have cars coming. This went on for what seemed to be an eternity. Finally, victory, I was able to pass him, only to wait on stop light miles up the road.

Later we went to a big department store to return a broken electronic. When my daughter and I walked in, the return line was a mile long, so we went back to get the replacement electronic. We returned to the return line only to wait forever. Why do people bring stuff back to the store without a receipt or the original tags or box? They had three people working the returns but none of the lines were moving. Conveniently, they had a big clock on the wall so I could see how long that I have been there. Finally, the line began to move. Again, I am looking at the clock figuring three minutes per person. Man at that rate it’s going to at least fifteen minutes. I had waited this long, I did not want that time wasted to be in vein, so I stuck it out. Amazingly, we finally got to leave, and hopefully I will never have to go there again.

You would think that in our society where we can get whatever we want quickly, God would follow that theme. That is not how God works. There is a lot of times that he will have us wait on him. I cannot say that I have it figured out, but I think that sometimes he has us to wait so we are more dependent on him. I think also He does this to show that He is in control. God is not up there wringing His hands wondering if things are going to work out. He is in complete control of our lives and He cares for us. So if you are waiting on God, pursue Him with all of you heart. He will give you the strength to trust Him and to wait for Him.

Isaiah 40:31 Yet those who wait for the LORD Will gain new strength; They will mount up with wings like eagles, They will run and not get tired, They will walk and not become weary.