Giving Your “All”

Jennie and  Rachel with one of the families that received a stove.
Jennie and Rachel with one of the families that received a stove.

Each night we gather to share stories from our days. We are usually tired but full of energy too, as we take a few minutes to reflect on what God showed us throughout the day.  The stories are too many to write. They lodge inside each person’s heart and maybe even for the rest of our lives we are sharing glimpses of what we experience.  The stove team shared a “glimpse” last night.

The stove we are installing this year. 40 stoves in Zunilito
The stove we are installing this year. 40 stoves in Zunilito
Rachel Luna told the story of a woman that was “the cook” in her home.  She was so old and frail that she had to be helped by two people to get up to the stove. But every day this woman gets to the stove and prepares the food for the family.  It is as if all of her love and all of her being is focused on that one task. Physically and spiritually, she is giving her “all”. The story reminds me of the widow who showed up with her offering of only a few coins…but they were the only coins she had.  When Jesus saw this he said that even though there were other putting in more “money”, she put in the greater gift because she gave all she had (Luke 21:1-4). 

What is your “all”?  What is mine?  The other thing Jesus said that is so difficult to embrace is that it was the woman’s poverty that she gave from. In other words – her most vulnerable, weakest part.  Oh my!  Can you imagine? Our weakest part is the part that we can offer?  Moses had to do it. He could not speak well but he was chosen to be the voice of God to the Israelites. 

Jennie on her first international mission...making a new friend in Guatemala.
Jennie on her first international mission…making a new friend in Guatemala.
Maybe we need to think on this.  “my grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” (II Corinthians 12:10)  Whatever our weakness or vulnerability….maybe this is where God’s power is being revealed in us.  Let it be.

 

 

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