I'm going to endeavor to do something in my next few posts that really
can't be done apart from the guiding hand of God. Over the last several days, I have had the opportunity--the blessing--of watching Him work all over the world from the safety of my own comfort zone.
It has been a reminder of His ever-present provision in the lives of His children, and I'm worried that I can't articulate it as clearly as it deserves. It is a series of stories that runs both concurrently and chronologically...that takes place in three countries and many US cities. In my mind, I can picture it as a web...but one that I don't know if I have the skill to create for you with as much clarity.
All I know is that I have to try.
The stories I am about to share have originated with a variety of people, creating a cast of characters which I hope I'm able to keep straight for you. The common link in every story is a dear friend of mine named Toya...but she would be the first to tell you that the real central thread running throughout is the love and power of God.
The story is His...Toya is simply one of His faithful servants, and the main character in the chapter I want to share with you...
There isn't another soul I know in real life who spends more time flying all over the world than Toya does. Last Saturday morning, my alarm was set so I could leave home a little before 8:00 and pick her up at the airport so she could spend a few days with us.
At 6:30 in the morning, my phone rang, and it was Toya, asking if it would totally mess up my day if she hit the airport at noon instead of 9:30. As it turned out, that was more than fine with me! She was flying into a town where actual shopping could be done! Hooray for me!
But, much more important than the visions of thrift stores dancing in my head was the answer to the question I asked Toya next:
So...are you getting a free flight out of this bump?
She laughed and told me that it may not be enough for a free flight, but she was getting a $300 voucher...and a seat in first class for her flight into the Moline airport.
Now, for a hillbilly such as myself, who last flew anywhere on any airline in the winter of '92, this would not be a very excellent deal (except for the first-class part...I wouldn't mind that!), because there is probably a time limit on those flight vouchers. And it's probably less than 19 years. I'm just guessing.
But for Toya, one of the most hard-working servants of the Lord I have ever had the pleasure to know and love...for Toya, who has even now already left here for Haiti and will be back with us to do local, rural missions next month and then take off to Cameroon...for Toya, this is an obvious financial blessing from the Lord!
And that first class seat? In my humble opinion, Toya got to start her day with a kiss from her King!
Give, and it will be given to you.
A good measure, pressed down, shaken together
and running over,
will be poured into your lap.
For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”