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Topic: Confident (07/05/07)
TITLE: A Big Dipper God
By Victoria Weathers
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“Father God, I have such a great need right now. Financially, Father, it seems we are not going to get through this month and next month is not looking any better. Father, I tithe and even give offerings but it is not very much. I give it gratefully and eagerly. I love to give to spread Your Kingdom, but my gifts do not amount to much, I know. Please, Father, I pray, look upon my offering and be pleased. I need your blessing on my finances.”
Living in the country, my secluded, country yard became my place of prayer whenever life’s questions or circumstances were too great for my human strength. I could pray right out loud and no one, except God and that nosy moon could hear me.
I stood there in silence looking at the thousands of stars that were visible, especially during a new moon. Seeing the vastness of the sky reminded me of just how big of a God I loved and served. I worshiped God at that moment and my faith seemed to grow with every thought of Him that crossed my mind.
I saw the Big Dipper and then just a little ways over was the Little Dipper. God spoke to my heart of how I give Him my “dipper” of things precious to me. Then in return, He gives me His dipper of blessings. I am the little dipper because I am just a human. He is the big dipper because he’s God. Then the Holy Spirit brought to my mind a Scripture. Luke 6:38 (KJV)
“Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.”
If I give God my hand full, He will give me His hand full. Because it is the “measure that we mete,” my hand full, that God measures back again, His hand full.
I was speechless as that revelation sank into my spirit. For so long, I carried my financial burden silently. I was sure God knew my situation. I wanted Him simply to act on my behalf. I did not understand that God wanted to give me a mental picture that would not just take me through this emergency. He gave me an image that would help me through ever crisis to come.
I learned what that old eavesdropping moon already understood. That I can put my confidence in the God that can sustain everything. The moon in all its phases, the seasons and tides, the constellations and all the truth they revealed, God sustained all these things for thousands of years. What was my problem in light of all that?
From that night forward, I grew in my understanding that I cannot ever give more than He can. As I give Him my life, He gives me His. I can face each day with confidence that I serve a Big Dipper God.
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