If you’ve ever wondered if God really cares about the small stuff, wonder no more.
We’ve been on the road for 4 months. People often ask where we’re ‘based’ from. Well, the best answer to that would be ‘our vehicle’. If we stay in a place more than 2 or 3 nights, it’s a long time. One of our least favorite things about it is packing and unpacking, and packing and unpacking. You get the picture. Everything we need for our 6 month ‘trip’ is traveling with us. And this time summer clothes only aren’t sufficient because we are here for some season changes (which I love!). Suffice it to say, we have lots of bags. It can almost be embarrassing! And don’t get Neal started on my shoe bag…
We of course have a toiletry suitcase – yes, it’s a suitcase. It’s a traveling vanity, really. And I am 44 now, so it seems that more is required to keep me presentable. Well this past week my razor broke (I’ve had it for several years and it literally broke) and my make-up brush fell apart. I put it on my list of things to replace but haven’t gotten around to doing it yet. In addition, I keep meaning to get a toiletry bag for Neal, because he’s been packing his stuff in a zip-loc bag. It works, but it’s pretty dorky. Haven’t done that yet either.
Why, you ask, is any of that significant? Well here’s the miracle part of the story. Yesterday, Neal had lunch with Brother Leonard and Jessie Ford, some very faithful partners of ours. As seems to have become their custom when we see them every 2 years, they bless us with gifts for each family member. I wasn’t at the lunch but Neal gave me my gift when he got home. I couldn’t believe my eyes. In my bag was a brand new razor, and packaged with that razor were 2 ‘bonus’ make-up brushes!!!! How many people actually get a razor as a gift? And have you ever seen make-up brushes packaged with razors? Does Miss Jessie know how Spirit – led she was in her choices? I can assure you that she had no idea what I needed. It’s not like I go around telling people that I need a new razor. For goodness sake I hadn’t even told God. Also in my gift bag was a book by John Bevere – “Honor’s Reward”. Just 2 weeks ago I ordered a few books on Amazon. That was one of the books I had in my shopping cart, then we decided to wait on that one so I removed it. Neal’s gift? An Adidas toiletry kit, complete with some Adidas product. I’m sure the gifts they have for the kids will be as much of a blessing to them.
What amazed me about all this, is that none of these things were things that I couldn’t have purchased for myself. I could have gone to Wal-mart and bought these items. But I firmly believe that God used Bro. Leonard and Jessie to give us those specific things, to remind us that if He can provide such ‘unessentials’ for us (though I guess a razor is pretty essential!) that He is more than able to provide us with the big stuff, with what seems impossible. And if He knows our toiletry needs, He certainly knows the needs we have that will further His Kingdom!
I don’t know if miracles get any more personal than that!