Walking into our church one Wednesday night, we were given a card. When we opened the envelope and read what was written, we were overwhelmed by the kindness that was sent our way.
The card included a gift card from a store for the purchase of new tires. We had not made our need known . . . but rather, the gift was the result of an observation that was made by our friends when they parked near us. Wow, another God story! What a God . . . So grand and yet so personal. He shows up in our lives at the most unexpected times.
Matthew 6:8b says it all . . . Your Father (God the Creator) knows what you need before you ask him.
That Wednesday night happened a long time ago, yet it’s important for me to keep this story alive. Those tires are about so much more than us, and our needs being met . . . they shout GOD! . . . They continue to preach God’s faithfulness long after the tires have worn out.
I need to understand that everything that goes on in my life is part of a bigger story . . . God’s story.
In Joshua 3, God’s people had just miraculously passed through the Jordan river. As spectacular as that event was, God knew that unless a reminder was erected, over time the memory of that happening would fade. Because of that, God had his people erect a reminder pile of rocks. That pile was to remind the people to keep God’s spectacular provision fresh as they retell the story of God’s faithfulness. By the telling of God’s past works, the future faithfulness of God could be depended on. The tires in my life, are a testimony of God’s care for me as a part of His family. That story is to be remembered and retold to others. It’s a testimony that is to be shouted out, telling of God’s faithfulness. God is good! God is personal and can be found by all who seek Him.
Lord, help me to never forget Your goodness to me. Give me the courage to brag about Your faithfulness with every opportunity I get!
Joshua 3:4 When all the nation had finished passing over the Jordan, the Lord said to Joshua, . . . , saying, ‘Take twelve stones from here out of the midst of the Jordan . . . and lay them down in the place where you lodge tonight.’” 6 . . . that this (These stones) may be a sign among you. When your children ask in time to come, ‘What do those stones mean to you?’ 7 then you shall tell them that the waters of the Jordan were cut off before the ark of the covenant of the Lord. When it passed over the Jordan, the waters of the Jordan were cut off. So these stones shall be to the people of Israel a memorial forever.”
. . . 21 and he said to the people of Israel, “When your children ask their fathers in times to come, ‘What do these stones mean?’ 22 then you shall let your children know, ‘Israel passed over this Jordan on dry ground.’ 23 For the Lord your God dried up the waters of the Jordan for you until you passed over, as the Lord your God did to the Red Sea, which he dried up for us until we passed over, 24 so that all the peoples of the earth may know that the hand of the Lord is mighty, that you may fear the Lord your God forever. (biblegateway.com, ESV)
More than just a believer in God, I need to be a follower of Jesus!