God’s care in hard times.
The loneliness, the outward fruitlessness, and the weariness of a little mission were getting at me. In this time, I asked God for a touch of Himself.
It is that same feeling that has snuck up on me several times over the years, making everything look bleak. That Monday morning I felt the depressive spirit again. Was there any good in the world? Why was the fight so hard, with nothing to show for it, but apparent loss? I asked God to please somehow show Himself to me again.
Later that morning someone was calling out at the gate. A man was there handing out a small cilantro, lettuce, and tomato plant for transplanting, along with two homemade masks (you know, the Covid year). There was a group doing that, stopping at every house with the gift of cheer.
We didn’t talk much, but I thanked him and brought the stuff in. It would be nice for our little garden.
A little later I realized that God had sent the touch I had asked for. I felt cheered. Somewhere there were still kindhearted people. Someone had taken the time to sew masks to give away (not arguing here if they are necessary or not!), and to start little plants in disposable cups. The plants were a good idea to get people out and working on producing food and satisfaction.
People don’t give unless they have good hearts, or get some benefit out of giving. I wish I had thought to ask a bit more about who they were. I wish I could thank them now again, and share how they blest me.
I can think of more times that God has used others to bless me. There was one day I was not feeling well, and lay in bed not feeling up to getting up and tackling all the work I had to do. I got some surprise visitors who did my work. It was God who knew my need again and sent them over.
As I count my blessings and the times God has blessed me, I see I have so much that I have to be thankful for.
That day after thanking God for His answer to my prayer, I got to thinking…How can I spread cheer? Maybe others too are needing a touch in this time. There may not be much money or time for me at this stage, but surely I could sacrifice a bit somewhere to bless someone. Maybe simple cards and crafts with my girls could bless someone, and teach the girls the blessing of giving. I am still working on it, though determined to spread cheer in some way.
Think of simple ways that you can spread God’s blessings. He blesses us, and we can be a blessing to others.
Sometimes we are having a hard time, and God blesses us with His little touches of grace and blessing. Now we can spread the blessings on to others and lighten their loads.
Any ideas on more ways to spread cheer?
God loves us, and wants us to know He is with us. Sometimes we can’t see His care through the hardships, but if you look carefully, you will be able to count His blessings to you. He also wants us to bless others as we have been blessed.
There are many ways to spread cheer, even without extra resources. You can pray for others first of all. Send simple cards or handpicked bouquets. Drop in and help some busy friend with their work. Look for opportunities to bless others, and you will find them.
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