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What kind of miracles?

Mondays work out to be my best day to do some walking.  This evening was crisp and cool but with hardly any wind and, with a pair of gloves to keep my hands warm, it was perfect.  For some reason, there were hardly any other walkers out.  When I am alone, I keep myself company.  Sometimes I pray as I walk; sometimes I tell myself stories.  Tonight I did both. 

First of all, I was retelling myself the story of how Jesus fed the crowd of over 5000.  I was imagining how I might tell it to kids but by the end I was telling it to myself.

A young boy, no doubt fascinated by the words and actions of Jesus, must have wormed his way to the front of this crowd.  I’m sure if his mother had been around, she would have made him behave and maybe there would have been no great meal.  Anyway, he sees and probably hears the disciples talking over their dilemma about the hungry people.  I wonder what he felt.  I would guess that Jesus stirred within him a desire to help.  How silly to think that his little lunch would help.  But he boldly goes up to one of these big people and offers his little sac of lunch.  And I can just imagine his wonder as Jesus lifts it up and blesses it, then reaches in and continues to draw out of it more and more fish and bread – enough to feed everyone there.

I ended my walk realizing that Jesus wants to do the same for our resources as he did with this young boy’s lunch.  No matter how inconsequential our little sac of resources is, Jesus will do wonders with it.  We have to give him that little sac of talents and abilities or finances or whatever and he will bless it and continue to draw out of it till we are all astonished at what he has accomplished.

So I think we should, like little kids, sneak up to the front where we can see and hear Jesus really well.  I think if we sit up close and really listen we won’t be able to resist responding when he says he needs something that we have in our hands.

If we did that, I wonder what kind of miracles we would see him do?

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Deadlines

Well, today was pretty much it for pushing the deadline for paying the old taxes.  Penalties start to accumulate as of tomorrow.  So that is how part of our afternoon was spent – signing papers and signing cheques.

We also are amazed at how these things seem to work out.  And so we talked about that a bit.  We are still not achieving our goal of a 10% tithe – at least not in our receipted giving.  It is hard to judge these things as we don’t really know our income until things have been tallied up at the end of the year.  So we mentioned to our accountant that we are still not giving as much as we would like to.  I think Leo put it “still robbing God a bit”.  She assured us that we do a whole lot more than some.  But I guess that is not the point – just to do better than some.  So that is one of our challenges for the coming year. 

Between taxes, tithing and RRSP contributions, it seems that there is little left to live on some months.  We live in an “opulent state of poverty” as my hubby would say.  I think we have just been abundantly blessed.  We have never once not been able to pay those darn taxes.  Sometimes the ways the money shows up at the last minute are so obviously God providing that it is fairly humbling.

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