I have to make a parenthesis in my writings from 1 Timothy 6:11—“pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness”—. Yesterday, I had a delightful evening with friends. Five years ago, when I came down with cancer, they made me an open invitation to have dinner with them anytime I pleased. The problem for me was the distance. They live clear across town and I wasn’t strong enough to be driving the distance, especially at night. Yesterday I made good of the invitation!
I’m stronger now, but it’s still a challenge to drive at night. I don’t see well. So I asked God to send some extra angels with me so I could make it home safe. Obviously, he did! Here I am.
My friends have a hearts full of love. They also dished up a heart full of fruit. Have you ever had such a delightful platter to enjoy?
Somebody must have wound me up, because it seems like from the time I arrived until I left there was no stopping me. I talked, and talked, and talked. The vision God has given me for this coming year and many more to come, until HE comes, of course, was just spilling over.
My friend’s daughter and her family are missionaries in the Middle East. They are a delightful family, serving the Lord in a totally different culture. I showed them some of the pictures my friend Absalom in Costa Rica makes for my Bible lessons. We were figuring out if the pictures would be acceptable in that area of the world. One interesting feature we have to be careful with is how we place the hands of people. A man in the Middle East never puts his left hand on someone else. That’s his “dirty” hand. Here is a picture we need to change.
The Lord has instructed me to translate all my Spanish Bible lessons to English. From English they can be translated to any other language. My goal is to offer these lessons for free download, to benefit those who have no easy access to bookstores where they can get printed materials. This is a big project and I’m going to need a lot of help. Please pray with me that God will send willing laborers, with a heart full of love.
Some of us have an abundance of everything. We can pick and choose from hundreds of different cereals (that’s what it feel like when you go down the cereal aisle in the supermarket) to thousand of books. Have our pick! The same goes for curriculum. There’s and abundance. But there are people that do not have that abundance. My heart is full of love for those brothers and sisters in Christ. I want to do my part in giving them access to good, solid Bible teaching to pass on to the children.
My contribution might be like a drop in the bucket, or a drop in the sea. Like a Lutheran priest said to me years ago when I was helping out in the children’s ministry in the small village where I then lived, “The sea is made up of drops of water.” Every little drop counts!
We talked about this curriculum. Let me rephrase! I talked! We also prayed for a dear friend of mine who is in a situation in which she needs a car, for transportation so she can get a job, and with a job she can get a place of her own to live. There is no public transportation in the area where she lives. The prayers were so beautiful and intense. My friends prayed exactly what I wanted to pray but had not the words to express the deep feelings of my heart. Now, every time I pray for my friend I will say to the Lord that I want for her all those beautiful things my friends asked for. One thing I will keep especially in mind is that they asked for her to “blossom”!
Blossom! Isn’t that what we all need to do, or would like to. I’m praying right now, that you, my reader, will blossom. May this year bring you beauty and fruitfulness like you have never experienced. Most of all, may you have a heart full of love. May that love spill out into areas you can’t even imagine.
In pursuing love, the kind of love that gives without waiting anything in return—a totally selfless love—, may you experience immeasurably more than you can even imagine!