“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning.” — James 1:17 (NKJV)
A family in my neighborhood shares God’s kindness and provision with me. On many evenings, l’ll get a text to come on down and pick up a plate filled with dinner. This brings me incredible joy, as I feel blessed and nourished, not only physically but also in my heart and spirit. I live by myself on a low budget, so what they share is a huge blessing to me. But it’s even more than that. They are also demonstrating God’s love, care, and steadfast presence.
By investing in my life through sharing their meals, this family shows me how much God cares about the details of my life. He wants to put a family home-cooked meal on my table. That matters to Him, and He is not hindered by my living alone. In fact, I never am alone, with such wonderful neighbors and God being with me.
God uses these meals to fill my home with His presence. Evening could easily become a difficult time, when I might lament being alone. The enemy would love nothing more than to grab hold of those thoughts and pull me into a tailspin. Instead, God shows up, reminding me He is here, He has never left me, and He cares about me.
There are so many ways God can use each one of us to bless another person. As we respond to God’s prompting to help someone, we might meet a specific need. But we are also helping that person experience a deeper side of God’s love. And that is the greatest gift of all.
Lord, thank You for blessing me with wonderful neighbors, who show me how loving and caring You are. Help me, in turn, to bless others by showing Your love and care.
Thought for the Day
In what ways has God used someone to help you experience His love and care? In what ways is He prompting you to share His love and care with someone else?
Copyright © 2020 by Janet Eriksson
Janet Eriksson is an intercessor, writer, and teacher in Dahlonega, Georgia. She loves conversation with friends, front porch swings, sweet tea, and spending time on lakes and rivers. The author of nine books and editor of many more, Janet blogs and teaches at Adventures with God. She enjoys volunteering with Transformations. Janet received her M. Div. from Asbury Theological Seminary.