I just came in from my morning walk.
My devotions led me to this.
Do you remember that time Jesus was watching folks put their money in the offering plate? He remarked that a poor widow pleased God (at least that’s how I understand the story). I can pretty much promise you that poor widow had no idea what a witness she had. First, of course, she was noticed by our Lord. Forgive me for the understatement but I think that is significant.
We are frequently given notice of the great and grand gifts of the affluent. They make the headlines. Somebody’s foundation gives $2,000,000,000 to start daycare centers or relieve a disaster or endow a School of Business somewhere. Hard not to notice. I think we should be grateful for these gifts. I am.
There is that poor widow. You know, the one the Lord noticed that day. She gave less than a penny. Of all the folks who gave she is the one whose gift is still giving. She is the one who, though she didn’t know it, couldn’t have predicted it, probably couldn’t even have comprehended it, gave the gift that is touching lives to this very day. And it was less than a penny. And did I mention that she was noticed by the Lord. She didn’t make headlines. No press releases were prepared and distributed. As a matter of fact, there is no reason to believe she even knew the Lord was watching. Hmmmm.
An envelope came to the church. The address was hand written. It was addressed to me so I opened it. In the envelope was a check for $120. The giver is known to me, but just barely. She is a young mom, with more than one young child, in a single income family. She is not a member of our church so don’t go to speculating.
The check this young woman sent was wrapped in a handwritten note. “I know this isn’t much” it began, “but the teachers in Haiti move my heart and I want to help.” Then she wrote, in effect, I want God to be glorified and the Kingdom to grow.
Not much? Well, a teacher will be paid for a whole month. I suspect that teacher thinks it is pretty darn significant. And my life was made brighter and lighter and more holy. For my part this is pretty darn significant. As you read her story I am guessing you were touched. That is pretty darn significant. But let’s face it, it isn’t going to make headlines, or be the subject of a press release.
Something far greater than that is at work.
The Lord is watching. The Lord has noticed. She probably didn’t realize it. No matter. The Lord has noticed.