I had a powerful encounter with Christ’s love recently, and I wanted to share it with you in the hopes that it will encourage you as it has me.
We spent our weekend at the Christian Life Conference hosted by First Pres. The inestimable Dr. Kenneth Bailey came to speak about the Love of Jesus by evaluating Christ’s parables from the understanding gained through his 40 years living and working in the Middle East. It was an incredible experience and I would highly recommend his writings to you, or that you see him if the opportunity ever affords itself.
However, that was not the experience I wanted to share. As most of you know, we are in the process of full-time fundraising, but you may not be entirely aware of what that entails. At the present time we have absolutely no income. We are living entirely on the generousity of people who make specific donations for our living arrangements, and the grace of God. I assure you that it is not a comfortable way to live.
As we were beginning one of the conference sessions we were singing Great is Thy Faithfulness, and the worship leader paused in the midst of the song to ask us to consider how God has specifically been faithful to us. He challenged us to think of a specific event and to hold it in our minds as we sang. My mind leaped to the incredible way that God has been moving to provide for our support. But, as is so often the case the enemy began whispering to me that that was not really a good example, that I ought to think of something better. Still the thought lingered in my mind, and as we began to sing again, one of our supporters slipped a card to Brandy. In it was a note: “For your daily bread” and a $100 bill.
So there I stood, singing about God’s faithfulness and experincing it all in one moment. It continues to amaze me how God, in his grace moves people to incredible acts of generosity. While this is an uncomfortable way to live, it is inspiring to experience Jesus through the love of other people.