Last August. Yes, last year…in August, I had the honor of serving my siblings by dog-sitting in their home during their family vacation in California. The dogs and myself were acquainted, so it was fairly easy in that sense. But, I underestimated the responsibility. On top of the 21 new kids that I served all week, suddenly adding 2 big dogs to the mix was really changing things up.
I saw that God’s grace was indeed sufficient and covering me. Dog-sitting certainly wasn’t the hardest thing to do, but it wasn’t the lightest either (I’ll spare you the details). Let’s just say, even though I was over the whole gig by day 2, I continued for another 5. I picked up more big poop, and cleaned up more vomit, and swept up more fur, and endured more rain, and bought more Kleenex, and sneezed many more times, then took more Benadryl. And I pressed on!
I probably should have stopped saying “I’m over it” aloud, but in all honesty, I didn’t until it was nearly over. Gratefully, my spirit ignored the complaints of my flesh and got me together. I was able to go above and beyond and not just do for them out of obligation, but serve them with compassion. They were gracious enough to provide groceries for the week, but groceries really couldn’t change my heart posture, guys.
How often do we start with good intentions and then have a change of heart? How often is it that we say without saying, “God use me…but not that way!”? Service is a heart posture. While there, my heart was stirred for my siblings as I thought of how the life I was living for just a week, was being endured by them daily…with a kid! A pretty darn cute kid, might I add!
No, but really. That week I saw their need for a vacation, and I was so happy to be able to be a blessing to them. I didn’t have to, I got to! I got to be used by God. I got to ask God to bless their home and their hopefully worry-free vacation.
“Bring all the tithes into the storehouse so there will be enough food in my Temple. If you do,” says the Lord of Heaven’s Armies, “I will open the windows of heaven for you. I will pour out a blessings great you won’t have enough room to take it in! Try it! Put me to the test! – Malachi 3:10 (NLT)
God’s word is true. I truly believe we should never have to go outside of the body (of Christ), to meet the need of the body (of Christ). If we’re all doing our part and bringing our tithes and offering to the storehouse (the kingdom of God), all of our needs (not just financial) will be met.
So whatever you are “over”, big or small – be it your job, your marriage, your living arrangements, your financial status, yourself (hello somebody)! God-willing, please keep at it and ponder what God wants you to grasp! I promise, God’s grace can thrust you forward in ways that you can’t, and you will be glad with what is produced within you in the end.
©2020 • Chan’tel Nikole Grayson