“Two,” we answered together.
“No — one,” my friend swiftly interjected on second thought. She brightened, glancing down at the late-Christmas gift she’d just opened from me. “I’ll treat you!”
“No, nooooo, you don’t have to do that!” I began. “No, really –”
I watched the momentary hesitation, a crushed look fleet across her face, shutting my protest down at the same instant I recognized the Holy Spirit enjoining me – Would you rob someone else of the blessing that comes from being the bless-er…?
How many times do we do that, I wondered, silently.
Too many, whispered the wry thought.
Because of false pride, I realized then. Well, and knowing that my friend is trusting God for Provision just as much as I am these days, in similar situations. (If someone handed me a wrapped present, would I refuse it?)
Yet, I remembered the teachings I’ve learned from the Word about sowing and reaping. The image of the widow who gave her last mite, and how God could use that seed to bring forth a harvest for her as well as those she gave all. The woman who gave her last bread and oil to the prophet, and how that opened up God’s unending river of oil to her.
Not a giving to get, but a knowing that God has set sowing and reaping into being for His purpose. It’s the Holy Spirit’s way of plowing our ground, anointing our hands, bringing forth life.
Fruit can only be born if we give, and if we don’t allow someone else to give offerings generously as led by Him, could we be robbing them of of this part of His inheritance in their lives too? A cycle of blessing He intends for us…
Over coffee, omelets, pancakes and sausage, it suddenly seemed like this impromptu Sunday breakfast held a touch more holy.
“Thanks again for the great breakfast!” I said as we parted by our cars. “Oh, and for my darling bird photo!” A gift this my talented photographer friend had brought to my car just before we’d gone in.
“Thank you back for my beautiful Christmas drawing!” she crowed.
“Thank you, Father, for opportunities to give…and receive…” I grinned in one-to-One conversation on my way home. “Pour out your blessings on my friend as she goes to work now, and shine your favor in all her ways, as unto you…”
Violets are raining… 🙂 Any falling on you this week? I’d love to have you share of yours in my comments…
Here’s a truly uplifting one I just read on another blog – I think you’ll enjoy it too! 🙂
© Pam Depoyan
pen and ink, boy on swing valentine, mine: Please do not copy without permission. 🙂 Thanks!
LOOKING FOR SOME ORIGINAL VALENTINES TO SEND THIS SEASON? I’VE JUST PLACED MY SEVEN NEW CARD DESIGNS (INCLUDING THE ONE SHOWN ABOVE) ON MY pen & ink HOME PORTRAITS PAGE.
Made for Anytime Valentines… why limit to February 14th? 🙂
(To view them…Look here for this vintage valentine heart image, then scroll down till you see it again with the card info… )
Questions about ordering? You can reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org 🙂
Lord, may these Valentine cards shine of You, wherever You may take them.