This Beautiful Inheritance: When God Speaks....

Friday, January 14, 2011

When God Speaks....

sometimes you wish He hadn't, right? I mean, let's just be honest. Especially when He tells you to do something challenging, uncomfortable or just downright hard.

But afterward, if you listen and obey, you never regret it. And you don't regret Him speaking either. It was only hard for a moment. The benefits go on for eternity.

A week or so ago, I was doing my weekly grocery shopping at Wal-Mart. I had already seen this family once. A mom, dad and little girl standing in the shopping cart. She looked about 2. I couldn't help but notice them, their tattered clothes and the smell of poverty. They struck me, but I tried to turn around quickly without staring.

A little while later, I was headed toward the coolers of milk, and I saw them again. Their cart, with only two loaves of bread and a gallon of Hawaiian punch, made mine look like an overstuffed plate at a buffet, dripping with food. The mom had her WIC vouchers in hand and was carefully scanning to see which groceries they could get. It was obvious they wouldn't be getting much that wasn't on that list.

"I should do something for them," I thought to myself, as I pulled my gallons of milk from the cooler.

"But what can I do? I don't even have any cash."

"You have that gift card," I felt God say.

Crap.

You see, the gift card in my wallet wasn't just for $10, $15 or $20. I had made several returns to the store that day, and received $93 in store credit.

So I wasn't too excited when God told me to give it away.

But for the first time ever, this year I made a couple New Year's Resolutions. And one of them is to help more people in need (the other is to read my Bible through in a year). So it was as if God put this situation right in my face to see if I would keep my word.

Of course, this wasn't exactly what I had in mind when I made the resolution. I was thinking five bucks to the hitch-hiker on the road.

But God's ways are never like ours, are they?

So there I was, between the milk and the eggs, and I knew what I had to do. My face turned red. My heart started racing. Not only was I not excited about giving away a gift card that could have covered my entire week of groceries....I was also nervous I would offend this family or make them feel embarassed. But these were just excuses. I knew I had to do it.

"Um, Ma'am, hi. I got this gift card a little while ago for taking back some stuff I didn't need. I saw your little girl, she's real cute, I thought yall might could use it."

I was totally nervous. I probably sounded ridiculous. I didn't really care. I just wanted to get the card in her hand and walk away. So after a brief, "thank you," I did.

Eventually, my heart beat slowed down. My facial coloring returned to normal. And on the car ride home, I couldn't help but feel thankful. I was thankful, not only that my own family is so blessed, but that I was able to be a blessing. And thinking of that family's cart overflowing with groceries just made me smile.

"Then these righteous ones will reply, 'Lord, when did we ever see you hungry and feed you? Or thirsty and give you something to drink? Or a stranger and show you hospitality? Or naked and give you clothing? When did we ever see you sick or in prison and visit you?' And the King will say, 'I tell you the truth, when you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were doing it to me!" - Matt. 25:37-40

6 comments:

  1. Love this Kelcie! You are so right in that it seems so hard to do what He wants, especially if it wasn't in our plans, but in the end it is such a blessing!

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  2. I love this story! It made my heart smile :) God will bless you so BIG!

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  3. Oh, Kelcie, I love this so much! Our small group was talking last night about how hard it is to be obedient when what God wants us to do is not what we want to do. What a blessing you were to that family!

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  4. I read this on the day you either posted it or the day after and am just not responding. haha. been busy, But I loved it! I agree with ginger, It made my heart smile so Much! We all need to be a little more giving at times to others in need! So proud of you! God will Reward you! :)

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  5. Just happened across your blog. Love this story! It is a great example of walking the walk, not just talking the talk! :)

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  6. This brought tears to my eyes. Beautiful post.

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