35 I have shown you in every way, by laboring like this, that you must support the weak. And remember the words of the Lord Jesus, that He said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’”
These words of the Apostle Paul (and Jesus of course) were the basis of another great “God” experience this week. If I really think about it I have them every day, this one was just a highlight that I wanted to share.
I live in a small cottage at a place called Emafini which I am renting on a month to month basis until I am approved for a residence permit to move to Zimbabwe. Included in the rent is 2 ladies that come in 6 days a week and clean the place from top to bottom, wash the dishes, scrub the floors, clean the bathroom, make the bed and wash my clothes. What a deal for a single guy, I don’t even have time to mess the place up!!
These 2 ladies are just awesome, they really do a great job so I try to do little things for them once in a while. Nothing big, when I go to the grocery store I occasionally grab a few extra things and leave them on the counter for them when I leave in the morning. They have always been very gracious and thankful to me next time I see them but I always try to let them know that these blessings really come from God, I am just the vessel He uses to do it. It’s given me an opportunity to let them know why I do what I do and that Jesus really loves them.
So it being Christmas and all I got one of those “pokes” from the Holy Spirit last week that I needed to do something special for them this week. Yeah, I thought, I do need to do that but had no idea what to do for them and it kinda fell by the wayside in my sometimes cluttered head. Well God didn’t forget about them and on Christmas Eve morning I got another nudge from the Holy Spirit. So when all else fails money is always good, I gave them each the equivalent of about $20 U.S. Not a huge amount, I’m sure I have spent more than that at Starbucks in a week.
Yesterday morning I see them and ask if they had a good Christmas and the younger of the 2 comes to me with tears in her eyes, grabs both my hands in hers and says “please thank your God for me that my children were able to have a Christmas. I was able to give them everything they wanted and even more”. I was floored…she got it!! She wanted to thank God, not me. I told her she could tell Him herself and I had the opportunity to pray with her and I know God did something very special in her heart at that moment. I asked her to please tell her children that their blessing had come from God, her reply…”I already did” Thank you Jesus.
I love serving God!!!!