For whatever one sows, that will he also reap. Galatians 6:7b
Today I was tested with chapter 6, verse 7.
Here's the story:
Girl has one class today. Girl gets up late because girl is being lazy. Girl does not spend time with the Lord in the morning because she is late, a result of her laziness. Girl gets distracted and leaves her house even later than the time she was supposed to be out for (for the sake of parking, not class hour). She finds a parking space (God provision #1). However, girl realizes she forgot her wallet at home and is short 20 cents to pay for parking.
Girl prays: "God, you knew this would happen because of my laziness. Because I didn't have time to hear you speak this morning. If I had, you would've reminded me of my wallet. But You let this happen to remind me not to depend on myself. Lord, have mercy on me, a sinner. If You would be so gracious to provide by 2:35pm this afternoon, I will be grateful for this lesson". Girl walks to class & gets to there a few minutes early (God provision #2). Girl believes that the Lord will provide, somehow. She doesn't know how, but He will. He must. The Girl clearly understands how foolish she had been! She repented and was trusting Him to come through with 20 cents. Her life depended on 20 cents today.
Girl enjoys class, pushing back any doubt, anxiousness and worry from her mind. Girl gets out of class around 2:28pm. Girl decides to walk to the paying booth to wait on God. At 2:30pm, girl stumbles (literally) with a girl from church. Girl from church provides 20 cents before 2:35pm. God uses her to encourage girl from church. They carry on with their days.
God provided for me. Not because I did anything to receive it, not because I was worthy of it. If anything, I was at fault. He didn't have to fix my mistake, but He did. He wasn't late to do so.Girl is blown by God's provision and ability to teach & test her.
What you didn't know about me was that, last semester, I paid for someone's parking at school. I didn't know who he was. He didn't ask me to, I just did because I wanted to sow a little kindness. I wasn't there to hear a 'thank you' or receive recognition for doing good. I was just somebody trying to be intentional about doing good for anybody. Little did I know the spiritual boomerang it created.
Not only that, but this girl from church hasn't been doing well. She actually stopped assisting church recently. God wanted us to have a divine appointment for her benefit as well! He wanted to use me in this person's life!!! Can you believe that? After me not having quiet time that morning? I try not to beat myself up for it but, who knows if God wanted me to speak something specifically for her life from my quiet time? I learned that laziness affects the way I'm salt to this world.
Another thing you don't know is that after class, I called my mom. If I have questions, she usually gives me possible answers/solutions. I tried to take matters on my own hands by calling her (even though the Spirit urged me not to... but that's another story) and by God's grace, she didn't. I needed to believe He would come through because He is all I'll ever have and need. You see, God taught me about my nakedness and how He covers it. Adam & Eve took matter in their own hands by picking leaves to cover their nakedness. They had the concept of needing to be covered, but like humans, they solved their problem the way they only knew how. Yet God knew what they needed, He knew how to cover their disobedience and mistake. And He did, the only way He knows how.
And the LORD God made for Adam and for his wife garments of skins and clothed them.—Genesis 3:21
He covered their nakedness. He had to sacrifice to create garments of skins for them. Jesus had to give His life for me so that my nakedness and shame would be covered. My mistake, and He covered me. My fault, and He covered me. My irresponsibility, His grace. I'm humbled. You bet I'm running to His presence as you read this.
This is a summary of 3 hours of my life, covered by God.
This is my 20 cents Gospel.