If you watch the news, you might be in an emotional place of doubting the character of God. However, you have a choice to seek out the good news of God, it just might take a little more effort. The Bible tells us that if we seek, we will find. (Matthew 7:7)
This past week I led a group of 1st year ministry students in a treasure hunt. This treasure hunt is to go and seek out the treasures of God, which are His children, and bless them with prayer and encouraging words. It's a type of evangelism that produces wonderful results and is done in a non-confrontational way. Our school's treasure hunts always bear much fruit in the city.
On this particular night, myself and two students were out finding God's treasures. As we were headed back to the school one of my students saw three homeless women. I quickly pulled the car over and parked. We needed to bless these women and let them know that they were God's treasures too. As we got out of the car, I grabbed a rock that a homeless woman gave me one year prior. She felt so blessed with the time I spent with her, she gave me a rock which said on it "God is my rock." I carried it in my car ever since and I felt that this was the time to give it to someone else who needed to hold onto a blessing.
I handed this rock to one of my students and told her that she should give it to one of the women we were going to speak to, the one that she felt needed the most blessing. After 20 minutes of speaking and praying with 2 of these women, my student gave one of them my rock. The woman smiled, tightly grasping the rock. We said our goodbyes and the other woman said "Here..." and held out her hand. I opened my hand to receive whatever it was she had in her hand. Then a beautiful gem dropped into my hand and she said "put this in a ring or something." I was stunned.
Last year when I received the rock from the homeless woman, I was incredibly humbled. I was astonished that a woman who had nothing more than a couple bags of items for her life's possessions was giving me something. I really treasured that rock because of it's significance. On this night, I felt I needed to give this significant item to another women, not knowing if she would treasure it, but believing it was what God wanted me to do. He often asks us to give things up
or do things in His name. And as we walked back to the car, to head back to school, the Holy Spirit spoke to me saying "You gave a rock but you received a gem. This is how the currency of heaven works."
This happened only 4 days ago, I'm still stunned and feel overwhelming blessed.
If you then, evil (sinful by nature) as you are, know how to give good and advantageous gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven [perfect as He is] give what is good and advantageous to those who keep on asking Him.
God, our Father, loves to teach us His ways. But we must be hungry to seek and keep on seeking Him.
His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful and trustworthy over a little, I will put you in charge of many things; share in the joy of your master.’
I believe that I have proved to God that He can trust me with the little. And I am looking forward to receiving the bigger. Thank you Jesus for testing me and trusting me!
(the photo in this post is the actual rock given and the actual gem received.)