Money Matters. Or Does It?

I’d like to share with you a really good experience I had today. After finishing a brief errand at the grocery store, I’d just finished putting a few groceries in the trunk. I was locked in and tucked away behind the steering wheel, when I noticed a very frightened looking woman (probably around age 40) with no coat on (It’s about 35 here today) approaching my car. She was thin, looked very haggard, and was crying. She approached crying and apologizing for even coming up to the car. It seemed safe, so I cracked the window a bit and asked her if I could help her. She kept repeating how sorry she was to ask for help and even for approaching my car. I assured her it was OK.

Her story was that she lives in a small town quite a distance away, and her husband, who works in Chicago (around 90 miles from here) had taken the wallet and checkbook out of her purse without telling her. She didn’t know about it until she started to get a few things at the store (I suspect it was the Goodwill Store right around the corner). She asked if I had a dollar or two, that it would really help. So I looked in my purse and handed her a $10 bill. She was very, very thankful, and still crying. I told her to just take it and do what she needed with it, and it will all be OK. I promised I would pray for her.

Just this morning the Holy Spirit put me in touch with a lot of scriptures about the love of money and how no one can to serve God and mammon. There were other associated scriptures specifically about not being attached to wealth, and the willingness to bless others. The synchronicity was not lost on me. As she walked away and I started the car, my heart just went out to her. I checked the rearview mirror in the direction she had come from. She was nowhere to be seen.

The words of Jesus drifted into my mind: “As much as you have done unto one of the least of these, you’ve done it unto Me!”

Additionally earlier in the morning, when I was browsing through Christmas cards, there was one with a golden retriever on it that said, “It is more blessed to give than to RETRIEVE.” Point taken! God’s sense of humor is clearly top drawer. So it seemed like I was more than given the hints and prepared. Then came the opportunity.

It’s been a very good day!

Although teary eyed and prayerful all the way home from the store, I also felt more elated than I have in a long time to experience the realness of God in this way. Maybe things like this happen to a lot of people, but most of the time I find that must go along on faith, without a lot of obvious occurrences like this one.

I’m not sharing this in order to get points for standing on the street corner with a trumpet, to announce my “almsgiving”, but to share what for me was an event of amazing synchronicity, divinely set up, to be able to share with someone who was really in a pinch. Something that doesn’t happen every day. (Maybe if I’d pay attention better, it would.) Who knows, as we once again approach the “Holly Daze” where so many people go into panic mode, if there will be more opportunities to provide a bit of relief? It always seems more meaningful when the opportunity comes walking up like that than it does when “relief” organizations with a lot of overhead come making their appeal to our guilty consciences.

What if we could just get into the habit of blessing in tangible ways all the time? In fact, such opportunities may be only a practice run for the other things Jesus asks of us, such as, “If you do good to those who do good to you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners do the same. And if you lend to those from whom you expect repayment, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners, expecting to be repaid in full. But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them, expecting nothing in return. Then your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High; for He is kind to the ungrateful and wicked.” (Luke 6:33-35)

“… freely ye have received, freely give.” (Matthew 10:8)

Considering that depth of expressing His love, I have long way to go.

Related Scriptures:

1 Timothy 6:5-10
Psalm 37:16,17
Matthew 6:24-34
Luke 16:14,15
Psalm 49:6,7
Mark 10:24,25
Matthew 19:23,24
Luke 18:18-30
2 Corinthians 6:10
Matthew 8:18,19
Philippians 2:3-8

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