Psalm 84:11-12 (NIV) For the Lord God is a sun and shield; the Lord bestows favor and honor; no good thing does he withhold from those whose walk is blameless. Lord Almighty, blessed is the one who trusts in you.
Tomorrow our church will be trying something new. There will be more than 4,000 eggs dropped from a helicopter on our campus. I am the event coordinator. Thankfully, our daughter’s former church in New Hampshire, are veterans at this so I have leaned heavily on their wisdom. Rather than bringing baskets, each child is provided a bag to collect eggs. It levels the playing field for each child for equal opportunity egg gathering. I went strictly on the advice and ordered the plastic bright green bags from the same company. When the items arrived, I didn’t bother to look inside the box. Today, I opened the box to fill the bags with our church info and goodies for the kids. Well… I had a mini panic attack. Did I mention there was a terrible storm in the area so in the midst of my complete meltdown the power went out? Well, I began dutifully filling the bags feeling like a complete and utter failure. I should have opened the box sooner. I should have checked the bags again. I should have, could have, would have but there is no more time. I finally decided to take some plastic eggs and see just how many the bag would hold. My goal was 15-20. I was certain 10 would be the max. Well, to my utter surprise and complete elation – I stopped trying at 26 eggs. The bags hold way more than it appeared AND I did not need bigger bags. I needed more trust!
The Lord stopped me in that moment to remind me trust is always the issue at hand as believers. It is never His Ability or Desire to good for us but our faith receptacles too small to receive it sometimes. I relied on the wisdom of experienced egg droppers but when it came time to actually use the bags – my trust was challenged by what my eyes saw and I had to know. Oh come on! Can you see it? Can you feel it in your heart today? It is almost Resurrection Sunday. I do not believe that Jesus slowly rose up in that tomb but triumphantly and enthusiastically shot up out of that grave. Why? He won! He won it all! Our Lord had the prize and He wanted to share it with us! He had things to give us. God’s favor and honor belong to us because Jesus defeated sin, death and the grave. It is up to us to trust Him more and more. Like the woman with the jar of oil, we must continually provide vessels so the Lord can pour out the blessings that He has in store for us.
Maybe all this seems rather simple to you, way too basic to offer any form of wisdom. Friend, the basis of our relationship with Jesus Christ is faith and trust. Faith is not present if trust is not evident. Where are you lacking? Trust Him more. Where are you hurting? Trust Him more. What are you wanting? Trust Him more. What are you doing? Trust Him more.
The message for me today is not to continually look for something new and different but test my trust with what I have right now. To believe God at His Word not what I see. Lord, here I am today! Use me. Fill me. Change me. In Jesus Name!