THE SHOVEL STORY……….
“And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” Phil. 4:19………
‘Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised;
And His greatness is unsearchable.’ Psalm 145:3
I hate cold weather so much and have become so incredibly sensitive to it that I actually can get full body goose bumps when it’s about 72 degrees. So imagine how I felt when the Lord made clear He was sending me back for another season of streets ministry in New York City. The last time I was here, He sent me out of the city just before winter to a warmer climate for streets ministry there. But this year, what will He do? Only He knows.
Yesterday, I noticed an enormous winter snow shovel in a trash pile where workers near where I am staying were preparing a storefront for new occupants. I asked if I could have it. The last thing I want to spend money on this winter if the Lord keeps me in New York City is a shovel! The worker not only said I could have it, but he kept it inside the storefront overnight because I had forgotten to pick it up at the end of the day.
Friend, whether or not I ever use or need this shovel, I am reminded of the love, kindness, goodness, care, tenderness, patience, gentleness, graciousness, generosity, sacrifice, and preciousness of almighty God the Father in heaven. It was as though He were saying to me, “Daughter, no matter where you are, I am there with you.” It was as though He were reassuring me He will not leave me by myself not anywhere not ever. No matter the season, no matter my circumstances, no matter my location, so long as I am in the will of the Lord Jesus Christ, I can rest assured the Lord will provide all I need to be best able to love, worship, serve, and glorify Him and to enjoy His forever fellowship as Lord and Savior – right down to a winter snow shovel!
I encourage you to open your eyes to the beauty and majesty and goodness of the Lord all around you. And, if you have turned from your sins, put your faith in Jesus as Lord who died to pay our sin penalty and was raised from the dead, sincerely committing your life to God and His ways, then His very Spirit lives right inside you!
How magnificent, how beautiful, how glorious, how splendorous, how giving, how perfect, how powerful, how almighty is the Lord of Lords, King of Kings, Savior of the world, Father, almighty God, Jesus the Christ, AMEN!