Whats in your hand??

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When two or more random events that somehow seem to relate, happen to me simultaneously, it causes me sit up and take notice.

You know…..when things seem to be a “coincidence” (a word I actually don’t use as I see it rather as destiny).

“I recently experienced this.”

I received correspondence from 2 unrelated friends this week. One I met 38 years ago but reconnected with again. The other was someone I met for only 2 hours nearly 3 years ago.

The first guy, Neill, I met in 1975  as officer cadets in the Rhodesian Armed forces. I was training to be a pilot and he a combat soldier. We both went on to serve some years in the Rhodesian war. Destiny led to us meeting again on his farm in the Cape in South Africa 2 years ago.

Neill had mentioned his dissatisfaction with his current job situation and a possible alternative. I felt in my spirit (which was actually quite downcast at that time) neither of these 2 options was the right one and told Neill I believed there was something else he was destined to do and he and his wife Joanna would have peace when it appeared.

I met the second guy, Joe*, 3 years ago on a fundraising visit to England for a ministry I was Director of. I shared a testimony of my life at a men’s breakfast  and met Joe* briefly afterwards. He shared how much my speaking encouraged him.  Over the last couple of years, despite not being a wealthy man, he has generously contributed extra funds that came his way, to the ministry I represented.

Last week, I heard from both of these precious men. Neill shared how, after months of negotiating, planning and heart-searching, he has been offered what he believes is his “dream job”, designed to help struggling, needy farmers to develop their skills. It’s a perfect position for Neill to walk in His purpose as well as help others grow….and the key?…both he and Joanna have peace this is right!

Simultaneously I heard from Joe* (first time he’s emailed me) saying He felt led to give a substantial financial gift to me (not our ministry). My wife and I have lived “by faith” financially for the past 25 years in missions, never knowing what we’d receive each month. We realise its “unusual” but we  followed that calling in our personal lives and in establishing a vibrant ministry to care for abandoned and HIV/Aids affected children.

The past year, following our handing over of our ministry, we were seriously in debt for the first time in 25 years. It went against our commitment to stay debt free and live on what we received only, not taking loans etc. Joe’s * response, from a whisper (he didn’t know our situation) has brought us to a place of “just out of debt” again.

The point of this story?  

All of us are gifted with something for others….be it a “word of encouragement or insight” funds in our hands, a desire to develop and serve/build others. However these gifts remain with ribbon and wrapping attached, until we choose to share them, often ignited by a simple “whisper in our ear”.

My question, along with one God asked of Moses when he feared to step out………..“What’s in your hand?” Exodus 4:2

Use what’s in your hand, under the direction of God, and great things can happen in your life…. I dare you!

Please note: I reserve the right to delete comments that are offensive or off-topic.

6 thoughts on “Whats in your hand??

  1. I learned how nice it is to serve God and people with what I have when I joined my church’s worship team over three years ago. I could play guitar but never thought I was good enough to play in the church’s team. A friend persuaded me to join and since then I’ve grown as a player and as a person.

    As it says in Proverbs 3:27 “Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, When it is in your power to do it.” And then you will find that ‘he who waters is himself watered’.

    • Great perspective Nicholas and Im glad to see that by using whats in your hand ie: talent to play the guitar, you have grown and blessed others with your gift. Brilliant!!

  2. Even though I have experienced these stories with you, it was wonderful to read about them and be reminded what a great God we serve and that He can use us in our weakness as when we are strong. I also Praise God for His faithfullness too, in His provision in His timing.Trusting that as you share these stories others may be encouraged to use what’s in their hands and also to listen out for God’s whispers :):)

    • Thanks Sue….it is encouraging when we see tangible responses to faith and God moving in the hearts of people through his “whispers”. What a journey huh? Like you I hope the stories encourage others as they read them.

  3. Thanks for the comments Jenny. Yep I believe we as His people can make a difference in this world if we are prepared to listen to His whispers.

    Enjoy the rest of your time here in the Southern Hemisphere.

  4. It just goes to show that sometimes a whisper from God can have an impact on someone else’s life even without us knowing.How important it is to pay heed to that still small voice.

    I pray that God will continue to whisper and that his people will continue to listen and to act on those whispers to impact the lives of others in a positive way and also to find out his will for our own lives.

    Another great blog Ray, good to be reading it from the Southern Hemisphere this time.

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