Caring for Others First

1 Kings 17:7-16                                                   

THOUGHT FOR TODAY: Elijah said to her, “Do not be afraid; go and do as you have said; but first make me a little cake of it and bring it to me, and afterwards make something for yourself and your son.” 1 Kings 17:13

wallet 2It was the first of December and I had just been paid from my new, part-time job. I felt led by God to give one-third of the money to a family member and to use another third to buy Christmas toys for children in an orphanage in Mexico. I obeyed God and wondered how our needs would be met by the remaining third, since my husband was unemployed and my job was only temporary.

A few days later, I saw a friend in church and went over to chat with her and her mother. Her mother, who took me through the hiring process at my former job, asked me why I had not yet gone to pick up my last paycheck. “Last paycheck?” I asked, surprised. She explained that the last paycheck is not directly deposited into an employee’s bank account. It has to be picked up in person at the Human Resources Department.

I have no idea why I was unaware that my check was never deposited into my account. All I know is that God knew there was more than enough money not only for me to give to others, but also to meet our own needs.

PRAYER: Gracious, all-knowing God, help us to obey you in all things, even when we have no idea how things will work out. Amen.

                                                     Lydia Gomez Reyes – Brownsville, Texas


(Published in The Secret Place, Winter 2013-2014 issue, p. 14)

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