This morning, I woke up craving my favorite omelet from this cute little restaurant on a quaint street near my home. My husband had already eaten breakfast earlier in the morning so he said he would pass on the invitation since he was saving his appetite for dinner. Tonight, we have plans for our Annual Christmas dinner as a family, to celebrate my husbands Anniversary of his heart valve transplant eight years ago. We are so BLESSED he is healthy today. As I got ready for church, I had this strong urge to have breakfast there alone which I do frequently to write, catch up on emails, etc. Out of the blue, God reminded me of a $100.00 bill I had been saving in my wallet for a “rainy day.” I heard loud and clear, You need to go today, and whoever serves you today, give them this money. I know all too well when I hear God’s voice, and it is not up for negotiation. I simply whispered the words, “OK God!”
We went to church, I dropped my husband off at home and headed to the restaurant. Low and behold the server was who I thought it would be. She’s usually the one who serves me when I frequent there. I walked in and sat down at the same table I typically do. And as soon as I ordered, another waitress walked over with my Iced Carmel Macchiato with whipped cream and chocolate sprinkles, (it’s a signature drink there). The owner saw me step in and proceeded to make my usual drink herself. After I caught up on a few personal tasks and enjoyed my breakfast, it was time for "Operation Be a Blessing!” I do not share this post to bring attention to myself or want any praise! I share this because we are ALL called to bless one another. We are called to be obedient when we feel that nudge to bless someone. We are called to love each other and serve others above ourselves. (Someone else would have given her the blessing and I would have missed out on mine.
As I paid for my breakfast and left her a tip, I motioned her to come over to my table. I shared how God put her on my heart this morning, and how this money was not a tip to share, but instead my gift to her. I told her I don't know her situation or what's going on in her life, but God does. I folded up the $100.00 bill and placed it in her hand. She looked at it and cried, “Thank You, Thank You!” She went on to tell me sometimes, customers don’t treat her very nicely, and this morning, when she got up, she prayed God would help her to have a good day.”
You see my friends, since Jesus can’t be here in the flesh, he sent his Holy Spirit to live inside us if we have made that decision to commit our lives to him. He answered this woman’s prayer because of a “Yes” from me. That’s what he’s asking each of us to do. To answer with a “YES” the next time you sense him nudging at your heart to step out of your comfort zone. Yes, even as crazy as it may sound sometimes, DO IT!
First, you can be sure of this: When you are called to obedience and asked to bless someone, and your answer is "NO," one day, you will have to give an account for that. The Bible says, in Luke 12:48, "From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked." Second, our money is not ours. It belongs to God. What's left after all your bills are paid? Could you use some of it to bring God glory? If you're willing, he will show you just how you can! If you want to be BLESSED, we need to be a BLESSING!
Some of you may be reading this and thinking, "This is all great, nice story Andrea........but I don't have $100.00 saved in my wallet for a rainy day!" What you're reading is my story. Ask God to show you yours. There are many ways you can be a BLESSING to someone that doesn't involve money. Time for that matter. In my opinion, it is one of the most precious gifts you could ever give.
My prayer for each of you reading this today is that you would be WILLING for God to use you to BE A BLESSING this Christmas and all year long!
Andrea (Andi), is an Author, musician, speaker and Founder of Transcended Ministries. She encourages women to rise above their circumstances and to trust in God's timing. She is involved in Celebrate Recovery and sings on the worship team at her church. Andi believes no hurt is ever wasted and she longs to bring a message of hope and healing as she shares her story of bold faith. Her story includes her struggle with control issues and co-dependency followed by a separation from her husband of twenty-five years. After a year of isolation and being on her own, she watched God bring transformation, healing, and reconciliation.