We are truly blessed

Many people have said that this is a good time to be on the road ministering to the poor, I usually respond with “now is always the best time to respond to the call of God.”  I think what they are getting at is that with economic recession, many people are losing their jobs, more homeless are walking the streets, and many people who never thought they would be in rough times financially are trying to find ways to make ends meet.  I was in a conversation with a guy just the other day, an elder at the church we are staying, who brought up this very topic, I said to him that I like to see the economy slump, hopefully people will stop putting their faith in the economy,  in mammon, and will look to the all powerful, all loving and sovereign Lord for their provision and fulfillment.  I could tell he was ruffled, and I knew what he was thinking, probably what some of you are thinking as you read this: how could he “like” to see people down on their luck and in financial trouble.  That is not what I am saying.  I would however, rather see someone in financial trouble, on the brink of poverty, than go through their entire life praising and worshiping his own possessions, completely blind to the fact that it is building a wall between himself and the only one who can save him, Jesus Christ.

We have been going through some economic difficulties of our own the past few weeks.  Jokingly, knowing that the kids had a few gifts for them sent from the grandparents, I have been telling the kids that Santa wouldn’t be coming this Christmas because he couldn’t track our RV (they would all laugh and knew I was joking, Avery responded one time by saying, “how would Santa not know where we are if he knows what every boy and girl in the entire world wants for Christmas” – good point.)  Up until a few days ago, I wasn’t sure if we would be able to get any presents from us to them.  Then the Lord began to bless us.  Last week a family randomly wrote a check for $150.  One lady who we have never met emailed and said she had been reading our blog and watched our video and was moved.  She also felt the Lord was asking her to give us some money.  Then just yesterday, a guy walked up to me and handed me an envelop with $60 and said someone in the church wanted us to have it, a “Christmas Blessing.”  We were able to get two small gifts for each of the kids (the rest was a gift to Big Buster).  As the kids woke up this morning rubbing their eyes, I saw them light up with smiles when they saw the gifts Jesus gave us sitting around our palm Christmas tree.  My prayer is that we never look to the economy, to stocks and bonds, or to other people to provide our security, but to our Lord Jesus.

“What I’m trying to do here is get you to relax, not be so preoccupied with getting so you can respond to God’s giving. People who don’t know God and the way he works fuss over these things, but you know both God and how he works. Steep yourself in God-reality, God-initiative, God-provisions. You’ll find all your everyday human concerns will be met. Don’t be afraid of missing out. You’re my dearest friends! The Father wants to give you the very kingdom itself.” (Luke 12:29-32 The Message translation)

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