For Such A Time As This

Maximizing everyday moments to glorify God

“We are intimately linked in this harvest work. Anyone who accepts what you do, accepts me, the One who sent you. Anyone who accepts what I do accepts my Father, who sent me. Accepting a messenger of God is as good as being God’s messenger. Accepting someone’s help is as good as giving someone help. This is a large work I’ve called you into, but don’t be overwhelmed by it. It’s best to start small. Give a cool cup of water to someone who is thirsty, for instance. The smallest act of giving or receiving makes you a true apprentice. You won’t lose out on a thing.” Matthew 10:40-42 (MSG)

on August 19, 2013

The other night, oImageur family was out in the yard playing and hanging out. A neighbor from down the road stopped in front of our house and walked to where we were standing. She asked if we were the people who had left cookies on her doorstep last winter?! We said yes, that was us!

We live on an unpaved road and are not part of a traditional neighborhood. There are only a handful of houses on our road and when it snows in the winter, no city or county plows come out. We’re on our own! These kind neighbors own a tractor and take it upon themselves to engage in road maintenance when it is necessary. As a beneficiary of those efforts, I am appreciative! Especially the snow plowing.

That time, they had cleared away more than a foot of snow, making the road passable. It was a huge help. We thought the cookies were a simple way of saying thank you. But it ended up being so much more.

Our neighbor shared that a few days before we left the goodies on her front porch, her father had passed away. She was in the middle of deep pain and frantically running around trying to keep things afloat. She told us how exhausted she was the day she came home to find the cookies. It was such a blessing to just have something to eat and not have to think, she relayed.

I’m always amazed when God steps in and does something incredible with a simple act.

We can’t know the circumstances of everyone we encounter, but God does. We can follow His prompting to obey when He tells us to move. In that case, though I was thankful to my neighbor, it was my daughter who suggested the cookies. At first, I balked thinking, I just don’t have time. But, she persisted and I baked. God used her to nudge me because He knew my neighbor was going to need a small gesture to help her get through a trying time.

Let’s not trick ourselves into believing that there is no act so small that it isn’t important to God. Jesus told us clearly that something as small as a cup of water matters. God can use anything and anyone for His glory. We just need to open our eyes, ears, and hearts to respond.


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