Another Week – Another Lesson
We are blessed to have a water tank. Really we have two, one for normal use and one for when water is really bad. Not everyone in our neighborhood is that lucky, so when there is no water we often have neighbors and friends come by to fill up buckets of water. This is one real practical way that we can help those who live around us.
Last week water was particularly bad. So bad that for the first time in a while we had to use our second tank. I was watching our water level throughout the day to make sure we had enough left for baths at the end of the day and so that we wouldn’t run out. Then there was a knock at the door. It was a friend who was out of water and had brought some buckets to fill up. I didn’t want to answer the door, because if I gave her water we might run out. It was at this moment that I was faced with the ugly truth. I was willing to generously give as long as I wasn’t sacrificing anything. God has always provided for us, but yet I still hesitate to trust him when the reserves are low. God sent me this gentle reminder that I need to be willing to give even when the reserves are low and that I need to trust that he will provide for us in the time of need. It is not an easy lesson, but I am praying that God will help me to learn how to give not just generously, but sacrificially.