It is late and my friend Beth is preparing packages for shipping before she heads off to bed after a difficult and draining day. She does not know it but I am watching her. After preparing her invoices and labels, she adds a handwritten note. Then she carefully inspects each item of clothing. She brushes them and carefully wraps them in paper before placing them in an envelope.
At this point you might wonder what on earth I am doing? My job is to take each package Beth gives me and pray over it before placing it in the bin. I am to pray for the person that they may come to know Christ and if they already do, that God will bless them and help them in all that they do.I ask that the package arrives safely and that they are pleased with their purchase. Finally, I thank God for this sale.
Earlier this evening I had made a comment that we often do not see the whole picture of God-At-Work. We think of ministry as some thing we do on Sunday mornings or in front of crowd. Today, I am watching ministry being done in the basement of a house in rural Missouri at 1:30am. There is no visible crowd and yet I am certain that God is watching.
Tomorrow these packages will begin their journey over land and in some cases, over sea. Each package does not only contain material goods, it contains prayer. I cannot help but wonder, how many people have been impacted by these prayers?I have to tell you that for a number of years, my husband and I shipped graduation videos and later DVDs all over the world. We never prayed for the recipients once, not once.
Tonight I was reminded that ministry is not about doing big things. It is about reaching out to others anyway that you can and that only truly happens when you have a heart for ministry.
I have to say that what you have said doesn't surprise me in the slightest. I am in awe, but not surprised. And to think that this picture that you were privileged to observed happened in the midst of one of the most testing times in life. It reminds me that it is the foundations that are dug deep that keep the house secure in the storms of life.
Bless you for sharing this. Give Blest a hug for me.
In "small" acts of kindness and love. How great and touching in this time Beth and you continue to reach out in Christ to one who may need to know god through Christ Jesus. Thank you for your heart and lives as Kirk, Beth and you remain in our prayers.
In the Powerful name of Christ,
It's Jesus at work in a vessel surrendered to His service, an example to us all. Father, I pray for Kirk and Beth. I pray for their family and their loved ones, that You surround them with a hedge of protection as Your will is worked out in their lives. Thank You Father in the name of Jesus. Amen