For, oh, 16 years now, “my” verse has been:
“Behold, I will do a new thing. Shall you not know it? I will even make a road in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.” – Isaiah 43:19
My youth pastor read this to me when I was 19, almost 20, and floundering in every aspect of my life. For years, it stayed with me…as I discovered newness in myself, the newness of God’s grace, and actual new life. It was a license plate on my car, read at our wedding, a theme for our children’s births, and of course, perfectly fitting for our move to South Carolina.
But last week, quite unexpectedly, a friend gave me a verse that won’t leave my psyche. There is so much good stuff in God’s word, but for some reason, this Word seems not only to fit where I am now but what I want to take forward with me out of this (disastrous? desolate? confusing? all the above and also necessary) season.
Remember this—a farmer who plants only a few seeds will get a small crop. But the one who plants generously will get a generous crop. You must each decide in your heart how much to give. And don’t give reluctantly or in response to pressure. ‘For God loves a person who gives cheerfully.’ And God will generously provide all you need. Then you will always have everything you need and plenty left over to share with others. – 2 Corinthians 9:6-9
When I spoke to my friend, I was coming toward the end of a low week. I lamented to her in big honesty that one of the things bugging me right now is that I don’t have the capacity to give that I used to have, planned to have, want to have. Another thing is that quite in contrast, people are giving to me. I’m not ungrateful, but I am uncomfortable.
D ministered to me in the way she has…with her personal experience, her knowledge of God’s word, and her deep desire to help families focus on Christ and Biblical principals. She spoke simple truths to me, such as No matter whether your bills are paid because of a paycheck or because of a gift, God is your provider.
She read to me from 2 Corinthians 9. And I have to reiterate how much verse 9 is stuck on me:
And God will generously provide all you need. Then you will always have everything you need and plenty left over to share with others.
Whether it is a season of abundance, a season of getting by, a season of lack, may I always, always, always believe that I will have enough for my family and enough to share. The “what” we have enough of might change. It might be resources. It might be space. It might be the bulk beef in the freezer. It might be encouragement. It might be love. But if He is continually giving to our need, it is ours to share.
Dear God, let me receive and share out of my faith in YOUR HAND. Amen.