Sunday, June 6, 2010

More than sparrows

I think miracles happen all the time in our daily life; however, most of the time, we write them off as coincidences and forget to look for God’s presence in it. As I wrote in a previous post, last Sunday was Mother’s Day in Haiti. We were trying to put together gifts to give to Lifeline’s churches so they could give them to the mothers in their congregations. The church in Grand Goave is the largest; we had to come up with 300 similar items for gifts. Our goal was to put together bags of soap, shampoo, toothbrushes, hair clips, etc. It was suggested that we try and find washcloths but were later told to forget about the washcloths because finding some would be like finding a needle in a haystack, let alone 300. Heather, Erin, and I were out in the warehouse (for those of you who have been to Lifeline, this is a brand new addition and a huge blessing!) rummaging through boxes to find items. In the search, I came across a palate labeled, “washcloths and linens”. The three of us tried to decide if it was even worth it to unbury this palate and dig into each of its boxes. We eventually decided to go for it, but prayed first, asking God for 300 to be there or that He would cut and hem towels in the boxes into washcloths (it reminded us of Jesus feeding the 5000 ;-). We opened the first box- 25, 2nd- 7, 3rd- 33. We kept going and nine boxes later, we counted 310 washcloths! The three of us gathered again to give thanks and praise to God.

Did the washcloths save any lives? No. Did the mothers need washcloths? No; they wouldn’t have thought any different had they not been part of their gift. But we were reminded that God does care about every detail of our life no matter how small or seemingly insignificant, and He wants us to care enough to present all of those things to Him. Luke 12:6-7 says this: “Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? Yet not one of them is forgotten by God. Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.”