I remember the time that God really surprised me with something. The whole family went out to eat at one of our favorite restaurants. As usual around the dinner table, we were just enjoying ourselves and having a great time when we realized that it was closing time! We packed up our things and got ready to leave; but I decided at the last minute that I wanted to pick up a dozen bagels to take home for breakfast in the morning.
When I got up there to order the bagels, they were beginning to clear out the food from the display shelves.
“Could I get a dozen bagels to take home?” I asked the girl at the register.
“Sure!” she replied. “You can just have them. We are going to have to throw all the food away because the donation truck didn’t stop by.”
Now, telling a tightwad mom that you’re going to throw away food is a dangerous move.
“NO!” I said. “Please, don’t throw it away! Can I pay you a reduced price for it or something?”
She looked at the manager. The manager looked at her. Then the manager looked at me.
“You guys are in here all the time. You can just have it,” He said.
In the next few moments of utter bliss, they began to pack up all the food that they were going to throw away and pass it over the counter to me. Bagful after bagful! It was like a cheapskate’s wildest dream come true! They even followed me out to the car with more bags of bagels then I could carry.
I was just wanting a dozen bagels, but God had something else in mind. He wanted to bless my ever-lovin’ socks off! On the way home I text a few friends: “Get ur bee-hind over to my house now and get some bread. Don’t ask questions. Just do it.” Not only was I blessed, but so were my friends! Now my freezer is stocked full of bagels, bread loaves, baguettes, pastries, cookies, and so much more. I didn’t even have enough room for it all and had to give a bunch away. How cool is that?
That’s the awesomeness of God right there. When we are thinking a dozen, God is thinking so much bigger. When we are thinking that we have to pay a price, God is saying that He’s already taken care of the bill. When we learn to be obedient and giving, when we are disciplined in our own lives and sensitive to God’s leading, He will take us places that our own two feet could never carry us.
My challenge to all you moms out there is this: Whatever you are thinking for your life right now, think bigger–much, MUCH bigger! And trust that He will come through every time. We don’t need to work any angles or exhaust our efforts. All we need to do is to follow God. He is the one who will open the doors and push us ahead into better places than we could have ever imagined. What a relief!
This is one area where God even challenges us to test Him and find out for ourselves. In Malachi 3:10, He says: “‘Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,’ says the LORD Almighty, ‘and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that you will not have room enough for it'” (Malachi 3:10).
When we put Him first, He will push us ahead. He will pour so much blessing in our lives that there is not even room enough to contain it all. The goodness just spreads out to others, more abundantly than we could have ever imagined.
What kind of order are you placing today? Do you want your marriage to survive? Think again–God wants it to be the most exciting and fulfilling relationship you’ll ever experience. Do you want your kids to get along? Think again–God wants them to be lifelong friends, supporting and encouraging each other long after you are gone. Do you want to get some clutter out of your home? Think again–God wants it to be a place of peace and joy, beautiful and satisfying.
Go ahead, test Him in this. Put Him first. Give first. Obey first. When He sees that obedient spirit and faithful heart, He will pour out the blessings into your life, so much so that they will spill out into the lives of others.