Learning From Luke

About three weeks ago a gentle-spirited five year old boy told his mom that he wanted to give some of his toys and books to a boy who didn’t have any. His wise mama, responded by allowing him to choose what he wanted to give away. She contacted me, figuring I may know of someone who could use them. They dropped them off the same day. They were truly gently-used. The toys still wore their colors brightly and the books were not torn or dirty. {It was a distinct difference from some of the  items that are donated by adults, who I suppose assume that ‘something’ is better than nothing, which is not necessarily so.}

The next morning, I received a call from a case manager telling me that she had a family with 2 small boys who had no toys or books. She told me she knew I usually didn’t have those things, but also was not surprised, when I told her someone had just given me those things the day before.

This past Friday, the same case manager asked me if I ever come across double strollers. I told her no; I had never had one donated. It seems the double stroller the mom of these two young boys was using had seen its last days. Sunday, on our local “Buy, Sell, Trade” site, was a double stroller being given away by a friend of mine! After my husband picked it up, I texted this case manager to say, “You’e not going to believe this… someone gave me a double stroller today!” She responded, “OMG! And yes, I do believe! You are amazing and so is your God!” Yes, He is!

Today, while trying to arrange a time to deliver the stroller, I found out that this young mom left her house at 10:30 a.m. to walk with her one and two year old sons for a 1:45 appointment at the Health Department. She was almost out of diapers and had no food to take with them for the long haul miles across town. I was able to pick them up at the Health Dept., share the diapers, juice, food and snacks we have for our granddaughter, gave her a gift card to the local grocery store and deliver them (with the stroller) to their door.

I thought back to young Luke who sensed the need to give weeks before. Sensitive and obedient to the spirit to give generously to someone he may never meet. Aware, long before I was, of  a need, and more than willing to be a part of the plan. Today, I have names and faces to put with those boys and a heart full of gratitude for the opportunity to be a small part of the story.

Recently, I have had a number of requests from another family in a fairly desperate situation. We have met them each time, but I was growing a bit ‘weary in well-doing’. They are now settling into  better conditions. Last week I was scheduled to deliver something to their home. I dropped by the store on my way to her house. As I left the grocery store parking lot, I heard the simple phrase, “Give her the grapes.” The only thing other than school supplies I had purchased at that store were the grapes they had on sale.

I knew I was to give her the grapes. There was no argument or discussion in my head. There was no sense of sacrifice; no glory in selfless giving, however small the gift. There was no rejoicing when I handed her the grapes, asking if her children would like them. There was no jumping up and down. No enthusiastic thank yous. I still knew, however,  that it was what I was supposed to do. The obedience on my part was more important for the work He is doing in me than the response I received as I handed over the grapes.

I’ve seen it over and over. It’s not about the grapes. Or the laundry. Or the backpacks. It has little to do with the stuff and much to do with the trust. Trusting that God will always provide, trusting that we have enough, trusting that when we’re willing to let loose, God can get people and things exactly where they need to go.

I encourage you to exercise that childlike faith and pay attention to the gentle nudging. The request or instruction may make no sense. It may just be part of the picture, the rest of which, you may never know. Luke’s mom didn’t ask too many questions. Instead, she nurtured her son’s generous intentions and trusted God to get those items to the place they belonged. We can follow their example and do the same.

Abundance is…understanding that we have enough to share.

Learning Obedience With You,

 

About debbierivers

I love to share what I can whenever I can. My goal is to live simply and love lavishly. I enjoy inspiring others with my writing. I am married to Steve and am the mother to two beautiful daughters, Hannah and Jenna, and grandmother to Kinsley. My desire is to encourage and to bless others through my life and my words.
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1 Response to Learning From Luke

  1. augerinn says:

    Blessings sister! Your blog is truly an encouragement to keep on doing good wherever our Father has placed us. We are living life, blessing others and growing in His presence. May we always listen for His unction to do good. Love from Belize, DeeDee and Charlie

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