This past week we all gave thanks for the blessings in our life. Personally, I believe that giving thanks gives you more things to be thankful for. Before you know it, you are living in an abundance of thankfulness.
However, in your gratitude, remember that not everyone has the same blessings that you do. Some people are hurting, lonely, scared, broken-hearted or just plain broken. For all I know, someone who is reading this story could be one of those people. In fact, most of us have felt lost to depression or anxiety at one time or another. If that is the case, I hope this story helps.
Philippians 4:6-7 says, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
Matthew 7:7-8 says, “Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.”
Sitting at my desk, I received a private message from a lady struggling to make ends meet. She has fallen on hard times and a family member has passed away. Funeral expenses took the small amount of money she had set aside to buy her children some Christmas gifts. Naturally, she was worried and reached out for help.
While still at my desk thinking about what I could do to help, my phone rang and brought me back into my reality of work. Only, this call had nothing to do with work. This call was from a co-worker explaining to me that they had a dollhouse and some toys they wanted to donate and asking if I knew someone who might want them.
Goosebumps ran up my arms as their words fell upon my ears. “What perfect timing,” I exclaimed. “I was literally just reading a private message from someone in need. Thank you so much!” Within the hour, a pink dollhouse was delivered to my office. Even as I type this I am getting chills.
To understand how unusual this is, you must know that I have never received a private message like that before — nor have I ever gotten a phone call like that. Two completely random correspondences, minutes apart, filled one Biblical promise.
Then, if I wasn’t completely convinced that something more than the eye can see was going on, I witnessed another strange “coincidence”.
A kind and generous woman I will call “Lucy” just found out that she was going to feed over 90 people for Thanksgiving all by herself. Naturally, she was concerned and expressed this to me. I really did not have a solution to the problem and had decided that I was going to go and help her. However, my helping her would mean I would have to forfeit Thanksgiving plans with my family. I knew they would understand, but, truth be told, I was looking forward to my family all being together. After all, ever since the children have grown up and created lives and families of their own, it is not always easy to get us all together.
I was going to tell Lucy the next time I saw her that she didn’t have to worry. I would help her. However, before I could do that, she came running up to me exclaiming that she had good news.
She said, “A friend of mine has friends that are traveling through the area looking to help someone at Thanksgiving. There are three of them! And guess what? They are all experienced chefs!” When Lucy finished shouting her good news, she was literally jumping up and down with glee.
Two completely different people asking.
Two completely different needs received.
Actually, three people asking — I silently asked to be able to share the day with my family, and I, too, received.
Above are two of my favorite Bible verses, which are wonderful reminders of God’s promise to us, but sometimes I need more than the words on the paper to illuminate the meaning. Sometimes I need a pink dollhouse and some trained helpers.
Do not be anxious. Ask and it shall be given to you.
Yes, Lord, Life is mysterious.