The week before Halloween Jane and I talked about what we wanted to do. For several years we’d been going out on the porch to greet the kids and hand out candy. We put up a few decorations and usually had about 100 kids visit. But this year was different.
When we talked about it, we felt that the Lord didn’t want us to do our normal routine. We weren’t supposed to put up decorations and we weren’t supposed to go outside to sit on the front porch either. This was really different for us and we wondered why we felt this way. But the Lord wasn’t talking.
It’s harder to obey when you don’t know why He wants you to do or not do a certain thing. We tried to come up with our own answers as to why the change. But eventually we knew it was futile and we just accepted the fact that if we didn’t need to know ahead of time, then that was that. We’d just obey anyway.
As it turned out, a really small but wonderful thing happened. We paid more attention to each individual group of kids that came. There was one group that especially caught our attention. When the three of them came up with their faces painted like skeletons, Jane told them to take as much as they wanted of the candy and popcorn.
Their eyebrows arched up and the surprise was evident. This was a new experience. “Take as much as you want” wasn’t a phrase they were used to. They stood still and paused for just a moment before all three small hands dove into the bowl and pulled out all they could get a hold of. A big “Thanks!” and off they ran.
It was a delight to give those kids perhaps their first Ephesians 3:20 experience. “Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think.”
It was great to be a part of the Lord’s plan for those kids, to show them that things don’t always get doled out in small, constricted increments. Sometimes the treats come big and are more than our expectations.
I’m not saying that we wouldn’t have seen this if we had been sitting outside like usual, but we both knew it was connected to our obedience to do the things He said. Deuteronomy 11:26-27 tells us, “Behold, I set before you this day a blessing and a curse; A blessing, if ye obey the commandments of the Lord your God, which I command you this day.”
I have a plaque in my bedroom that my friend Wendy gave me. It says, “Enjoy the little things in life…for one day you’ll look back and realize they were the big things.”
Have a wonderful week full of little BIG things as you go about obeying the words of Lord.
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