"Jesus answered, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me." ---John 14:6
Friday, November 26, 2010
Of Secret Egg and Film Messages
Odd title, I know.
The afternoon before Thanksgiving I stepped to the refrigerator for some eggs so to whip-up two pumpkin pies. Yet when I opened the styrofoam egg carton, all that greeted me were empty egg shells.
Funny, Tom. Thanks for that. (heh)
But then I glanced at the inside of the lid and in swirly letters was stamped this phrase: "Good morning, Beautiful!" Awww... I whispered, "Good morning to you, too," and then thanked the egg company for thoughtfully including such a sweet message.
Fortunately we'd picked up some eggs at Aldi's so I retrieved them from the fridge, opened the lid and alas! Twelve lovely whole eggs and in small script along the lid's bottom were these words--
"This is the day the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it. Psalm 118:24"
Wow. The sun shining through the window became even brighter. A real-live Bible verse inside a carton of eggs, from Aldi's of all places! And there within my kitchen God reminded me, truly, He is everywhere.
And while I cracked open three eggs, I remembered that, 29 years ago just before I mailed away some film to be developed (recall those days?), I slipped a piece of paper inside with a Bible verse. I'd recently heard a sermon which encouraged us to fling God's Word out everywhere to a hurting world.
Well, two weeks later when the photos arrived inside our post office box, I opened the company's envelope and there, in tiny script stamped just below the flap were two Bible verses. I think my heart skipped one beat! This was a secular photo company, yet an employee had taken the time to pass along divine words of encouragement just for me, almost like a secret correspondence between Christians, a reminder that Christians are everywhere, too.
We are not out there by ourselves, alone.
Twenty-nine years later I've never forgotten. That's the sort of thing which stays with you for always, for God's Word is like that and obedience and kindness travel deep into areas of the heart, making changes, many which last forever.
Never, ever believe that your God-given gifts and ministry must reach and touch huge numbers of people. What is huge to God is simple, unquestioning obedience to His most simple requests.
Looks like other people appreciate Goldhen eggs' Bible verse, also. Go here to read some comments.
Thanks so much for your anniversary good wishes here and at Facebook! What a treat they were to Tom and myself.