Read: 2 Corinthians 9:6-15
Reflect: About ten years ago, God called my husband and me to take a big leap of faith. There were a lot of unanswered questions but we knew we needed to trust God and believe His promises are true. My husband was being called into a new career path that required going back to school full-time. This would completely shift our family dynamic. Frank quit his well-paying management position and I transitioned from part-time to full-time work. One of my standout memories of this time is founded on the generosity of an anonymous individual.
One of our major obstacles was finances. It was tough. Our income was more than cut in half; a scary prospect with two children still at home. Bills were due and Christmas was coming. We chose to believe God’s word in 2 Corinthians 6:8 that says, “God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.” It looked like it would be a long and lean period of walking by faith. We knew Frank had a definite calling to pursue, so we kept moving forward, praying for God to provide our needs.
One day in the mail, we received an anonymous gift of $1000. There was no name or return address, only an enclosed note saying the giver prayed God’s blessing over our family. This met our physical needs at that time and bolstered our faith as we pursued a new path. We were overwhelmed and thanked God for this giver who took part and sowed seed into God’s work in our lives! I still praise God for the generosity of this person and pray for the giver of that gift ten years later. The harvest of this story goes beyond its immediate impact. I thank God that we now get to be the cheerful givers who sow into the lives of others.
Apply: When we cheerfully give out of the blessings God has given us, there’s no measure big enough to contain the ripples of effect that move out from that obedience. Are you willing to sow generously and share in the great reaping of God’s blessings? You never know how greatly God can use just one act of obedience.