One of the most powerful sermons that I ever heard was at a Methodist church on the day that my nephew Isaac and my niece Isabella were baptized. As I walked into the church, proud to be my nephew’s God-mother, I received a bulletin with two pennies taped to it. The pastor’s message that day was on the widow who gave the offering of the two mites–two pennies. Here’s the passage from Luke 21:1-4:
1 As Jesus looked up, he saw the rich putting their gifts into the temple treasury. 2 He also saw a poor widow put in two very small copper coins. 3 “Truly I tell you,” he said, “this poor widow has put in more than all the others. 4 All these people gave their gifts out of their wealth; but she out of her poverty put in all she had to live on.”
On that day, all I had to give was those two pennies…two pennies that someone gave me, having no idea how they would impact my life forever.
The past few months have been challenging on every possible level to me. Someone recently gave me $10. I remembered the parable of the widow and gave $1 of the 10 in our church’s offering this Sunday. I reminded God that I needed a job as I was holding the money, but then I basically forgot about it.
Monday night, I got a phone call at 8:30 at night…a response to a resume that I had sent about a week ago. I’ve sent so many resumes lately that I can barely keep track of them, though, so I kind of smiled and agreed to meet with the person.
Today, I went into the office at 2PM and walked out by 3PM employed.
I hope that my story encourages you. With God, ALL things are possible. I don’t know what you are going through right now, but God does. He has not forgotten you. I don’t believe in formulaic Christianity. I encourage you to spend some time in His word, in His presence and allow His word to guide you. I would be honored to pray with you as well…let me know 🙂