enough to teach me the same lesson over and over and over again?
It was a lesson God taught me yet again just 2 days ago. It's been a busy few months and as I turned the corner into this last week of preparations for India, I kicked into a frenzy of creating list after list. Maybe I need a list of all my lists? You get the picture. But the secret to good list management is to set priorities and though there were medicines to pack & last minute shopping to do, high on my list were a few very special items - visiting friends and family before we go.
So amid the errands last Tuesday, I stopped by to visit a close friend who has been ill for a while and we enjoyed an extended time of catching up, swapping stories, and sharing about how good God has been to both of us. It was a welcome break from
There it was again - a phrase that had been spoken to me over a year ago by a different friend in a different situation, and now repeated here again. As I pondered the coincidence, she disappeared into another room but returned shortly. "I am so glad for your visit because I wanted to give you a gift for your children in India," she said as she pressed a check into my hand. I was stunned. How did she know? How did she know about the email I received just 3 hours earlier, telling me of the critical need for computers at Achiever Academy? How could she have known about my regret that I had not worked harder to find sponsors for computers? How did she know the amount she gave me was the approximate cost of one computer in India? I have secured a donation of Rosetta Stone software for learning English but have worried the 15 year old computers wouldn't run the program. How did she know this simple act will enable poor children in India to learn English, providing hope for an escape from poverty?
Truth is, she didn't. But God did. And once again, He proves that's He's big enough.
With my heart still overwhelmed from what had occurred in a the last few minutes of our visit, I said goodbye and headed for my next stop - a visit with my 92 year old cousin, Johnny, and his wife, Martha. I had not seen them in quite some time and seeing them before our trip was an important stop on my To Do List. Jim has developed a deep relationship with Johnny in the past 2 years as they sit for hours & hours, sharing war stories. Johnny is a WWII vet who served as a chemist developing biological weapons in the Pacific and Jim has become so fascinated with his stories, he is recording his military history in audio recordings, print, and archival images. So when I arrived for my visit, Jim was already there, highly engaged in the relationship that is so important to both men. Jim's India To Do List was long, too, and at that point, it was certain there would be still be long days and late nights ahead for us. But for this moment, it was only about relationship for Jim, as he sat with his companion, loving him in the way in the way so few older men have the opportunity to enjoy.
I joined them in conversation and even though I was enjoying the visit, my mind kept racing back to the lists. So much still to do and so little time. I closed my eyes briefly, willing my mind to focus back on the conversation and when I looked up again, there it was again, for the 2nd time in 2 hours: "God is Big Enough." What??? As Martha was sharing a story, I noticed for the first time
that she was wearing a blue rubber bracelet and directly facing me were the words, "God Is Big Enough". Are you kidding me?? I closed my eyes and smiled, thanking God for indeed, being big enough. And patient enough to teach me over & over again.
It was big day filled with big reminders but it was a remedial lesson for a slower learner like me. A year ago, Jim had been given the exact same bracelet inscribed with the words "God is Big Enough" at church and had asked for a 2nd bracelet to give to me. With the Texas school funding crises, I was facing a potential job layoff and when I saw the bracelet, I knew it was an encouragement from God. Indeed, He is big enough to take care of me, with or without a job. And He is big enough to tell me so in whatever manner He chooses. My fears were calmed that day and a month later, when I learned that I would keep my job because a wonderful Christian woman resigned so that others wouldn't be laid off, I gave the bracelet to her. She later shared that she was anxious about her uncertain future too and that receiving the bracelet had calmed her fears as well.
Coincidences? No, I don't think so. Those who know me know I don't believe in coincidences. Some say that a coincidence is just a situation when God chooses to remain anonymous. I don't think so. God was not silent this week; in fact, He was quite obviously teaching me, yet again, that His purpose for our lives is all about relationship. Relationships are not coincidental. Relationship is why He calls us to India again and again. It's why we answer the call. It's why others partner with us to support us with donations and encouragement. It's why we blog and why you pray.
Oh yes, God is big enough. He's big enough (and patient enough) to teach me over and over again. He's big enough to bring together two veterans from two wars, 30 years apart; yet two hearts in perfect sync. He's big enough to change lives in India. He's big enough to change lives in your town. He's big enough to change your heart. It's all about relationship.
Celebrating our relationships with each of you,