Tuesday, November 8, 2011

give yourself away

We walked into a restaurant Sunday for lunch after church. I noticed a guy sitting alone at a corner table. I didn't really think twice about him, just noted to myself that he was alone.

It was a big group of us, so it took a bit to put tables together and get everyone settled. After we had ordered, the man who had been sitting alone, walked over to Brandon and I and quietly told us he had taken care of our whole tables bill, then walked away before we could tell him thank you.

I watched him out the window as he walked to his car. He had a smile on his face.

It was not a sign of self satisfaction or pride. A thought that he was proud of what he had done, or that he would get any recognition for it. It was a reflection of what was happening on the inside of Him. A breakthrough in his own life. A knowledge that He had been obedient to that prompting, to do something, to show love. To give.

Brandon and I are finally on the other end of something personal that we have been praying for. At times it has seemed hopeless. But through it all, with each prayer prayed, we felt like God's answer would lead us in a way to give. Most often in ways people had no idea. It wasn't about them knowing, or for us to be recognized. It was obedience to God. A symbol of faith that everything we had was His.

It's easy to give God our requests. To give him our burdens and to tell Him what we need. But what about everything else? Our home, our finances, our time.  Those things don't come so easy.

If we are asking God to show up in one area, we have to be willing to give him every area. This is why I think when we search for answers, God says give. Give your time, your love, your heart, your words....Give your self.

It is in our giving that God can move on our behalf....
that prayers are answered.
doors are open.
healing happens.

When we open our hands with everything we have in them, and say Lord take it and use it. All of it.
He will.

God has shown up big in the very thing Brandon and I have been praying hard and long for and we are so thankful and so blessed. It didn't happen in the way we thought it would, or when we thought it would, but as I watched that man walk away smiling because he had been obedient to give....God reminded me that it wasn't merely because we prayed and asked, but because we were first willing to give Him everything. Not just our requests.

And that man? He didn't stick around so that we could all tell him thank you. He didn't wait for us to make a big deal over what he had done. He simply did it. And smiled.

I have a feeling that man has been praying for something big,
and I have a feeling He is about to get his breakthrough.







Matthew 10:39 
Whoever finds his life, will lose it and whoever loses his life, for my sake, will find it




16 comments:

  1. How AWESOME! Our God is awesome! He provides for us in so many ways. That's something my husband and I always understood, is that even when we don't have a lot coming in, the first bill we pay is our tithe. And even if we can't give a lot financially to others right now, we can do other things, like baking and cooking for them. God is so good!

    I just wrote about his provision for us recently here: http://andtheywillbecomeoneflesh.blogspot.com/2011/11/sweetest-birthday-ever.html

    ReplyDelete
  2. Awesome! God is talking to me about giving-sacrifices more than ever. Be Bless!

    ReplyDelete
  3. this is amazing. like i'm serioulsy at a lost for words. i love every bit of it.

    ReplyDelete
  4. beautifully worded!

    after reading Radical and Crazy Love, it's just become so evident that Christ has always wanted us to wholeheartedly give everything in following Him.

    ReplyDelete
  5. whew...this whole post has so much to "get" out of it. But the last 2 lines about the man...love. Straight truth..you are amazing Laura. :)

    ReplyDelete
  6. just came across your blog! : ) cant wait to keep reading!

    I have a giveaway going on over at http://dailypolkadots.blogspot.com/2011/11/giveaway.html

    : )

    ReplyDelete
  7. beautiful, laura. love this post, and the reminder. giving reminds us that it truly is better to give than receive. it's easy to forget when you fall back into focusing on receiving and what you need. we've been at that place for a while, basically because things have been tighter than ever, financially. needs are more and more obvious to me all the time, so it's more challenging to remember how to give generously. but even in little ways - pumpkin muffins to the neighbor - is so satisfying. being a blessing to someone else is a deep joy.

    ReplyDelete
  8. such a great post my dear! :) I love that verse so much.

    ReplyDelete
  9. God is amazing and does amazing things to and in those who love, follow, and obey him.
    Thank you for sharing this. It is beautiful.

    ReplyDelete
  10. Hi! You are so gorgeous. Love your style and blog so much. Please follow my blog...

    ♥Love from Antalya♥

    http://antalya-magnificent-city.blogspot.com

    ReplyDelete
  11. What an amazing story of Gods love! This post is such a great reminder too! We need to give God everything! I have been hearing that a lot lately in my small group- it is so true! Thank you for sharing!
    God bless you and yours!

    ReplyDelete
  12. what a beautiful story, and a beautiful post. thank you for sharing it :)

    ReplyDelete
  13. This is a beautiful story. God truly works in mysterious ways! :) Thank you so much for sharing this.

    ReplyDelete

♥ ♥ ♥