March/ April 2015
You have probably heard the story of the religious man waiting for God to save him from a flood and who refused the help of a man in a canoe, the police in a motor boat and a rescue helicopter. This story is a humorous reminder that we can easily miss a blessing because it doesn’t come the way that we think it should.
I believe we sometimes miss God’s blessings because they don’t come from the “right” person. A lady working in a school cafeteria helped me realize that God chooses and uses people regardless of income or position or job.
I had a great job, but I was unhappy and my attitude was obvious to the people around me. After days of working late and being up early with my daughter, I decided to eat breakfast with her at her elementary school. Most of the children in the cafeteria that morning were receiving free meals on this cold morning and I noticed that only a few of them had a warm coat or sweater. More concerning was that many of the children looked very sad. But then I noticed that their demeanor was totally transformed when they took their trays up to the window to throw away the garbage. There they were greeted by a smiling lady who knew each child by name. She knew if they had a test that day, a new baby brother or sister, or if they were struggling with a particular subject. This lady, scraping the leftover food into a big, nasty bucket, had a cheerful word of encouragement for each child. These children walked away a little taller and a little more confident.
I was so humbled by this lady. She was doing one of the most undesirable jobs I could imagine, but cheerfully being a blessing to these precious children. She was practicing her faith as Jesus taught. Her actions spread His love and His blessing.
I’ve remembered this lady often and years later the Lord allowed me to meet her daughter one day when I was walking at Odell Weeks. I started talking with a young lady and learned that she had recently lost her mother—the lady I recalled in the school cafeteria who had been such a blessing to me. I shared how her mother’s example had affected me and this young lady confirmed that her mom lived her faith in Christ and had touched many lives. I pray that you will be a blessing to others despite your circumstances and that you won’t miss the blessings the Lord has for you.
– Amy Winn, Publisher