I am reading “A Chance to Die: The Life & Legacy of Amy Carmichael” by Elisabeth Elliot. Amy was a missionary to India for 53 years. Last night I read where she as a young girl was sent out by her grandmother to collect funds for a charity. She approached a man who had just built himself a new house. He would not give her any money. This left her wondering as to the wisdom of asking for money from people who don’t really love God. Elliot writes: “Why not, she (Amy) thought, ask God to make people who love Him want to give? Amy…did exactly that.”
As Amy grew up, she was still disenchanted with the methods of fundraising that she saw. The Lord took her to Exodus 35:22: “Then all whose hearts moved them, both men and women, came and brought brooches and earrings and signet rings and bracelets, all articles of gold; so did every man who presented an offering of gold to the Lord.” In this she noticed three things:
1. As many whose hearts moved them
2. brought their own possessions
3. to the Lord
So it is with us. Our prayer is the same…may God lay upon those who love Him to give. Do we truly realize that our possessions are not our own? We are only giving back to Him what He has so graciously blessed us with.
I have been unemployed for the past five months. I have also been praying that long for what God would have me to do. I’ve always been one to be able to get a job. I submitted numerous applications and would not even get a call for an interview. I loved the data entry job I had and was hoping somehow I would get to return there. Yesterday I was blessed to find out that I have been called back. The income from this position will so help in our putting money back for the mission field.
Where God guides…He continues to provide for us and we give Him all the glory.