I’m not sure if I am going to be able to adequately express myself with this keyboard but I am going to try. I am filled with so much praise and thanksgiving for the gift the Lord gave me yesterday in having my husband attend the BBQ fundraiser. To be able to fellowship with him, at my church home, with my church family, still brings tears to my eyes. Tears of gratitude for the afternoon the Lord ordained for all of this to fall into place.
I am so happy the lunch benefited the youth and that I was able to help be a part of that. But to me the lunch was so much more than that. It was the day my husband walked into the church building, nervous I am sure, afraid of others seeing him as a “heathen” as he jokingly calls himself sometimes, and instead was greeted with no judgment. Matthew 7:1 – Do not judge so that you will not be judged. He was greeted with smiling faces, who gave of their time and talents for this event to take place, serving him food and graciously doing so. Romans 12:13 – contributing to the needs of the saints, practicing hospitality. Those that engaged him in conversation did so with genuine interest in him, instead of approaching him with pointed questions of his faith, which would have turned him off. Hebrews 13:1-3 – Let love of the brethren continue. Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by this some have entertained angels without knowing it. Remember the prisoners, as though in prison with them. My husband is a prisoner right know. I don’t know if he saw it as anything other than a BBQ because he is blind right now but God can turn that around! I have faith in God’s plan, whatever it is. Isaiah 42:7 – To open blind eyes, To bring out prisoners from the dungeon, And those who dwell in darkness from prison.
God’s Word teaches us what to do, in every situation, even a BBQ. Because His good and faithful servants read His word and responded to it by not judging, but loving and being hospitable, my family was greatly blessed. He was able to not only speak to each of the pastors, but he met many of my good friends who encourage me weekly and he was treated as my husband and a friend, not as an outcast or someone who didn’t belong.
It may have been a BBQ lunch on paper plates and pavement, but to me it was the best date I could have had with him. I do not take it for granted, the sweet renewal God gave me yesterday, assuring me I am in the right place. He has assured me that the greatest ministry I can be a part of, for the Kingdom and for Harvest, is the ministry to my husband, the time and love that I can give him is my greatest outreach and calling. I again am in awe of all God has lined up for me, in letting me be a part of the Ambassadors Ministry, sending cards from home, so my time isn’t taken away from my husband. He is SO good to me! Psalm 13:5-6 – But I have trusted in your faithful love; my heart will rejoice in your deliverance. I will sing to the Lord because he has treated me generously.
Matthew 5:16 -Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven. Thank you Harvest family, for being that light that shown so bright.