Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Reaping and Sowing

The minute my eyes fell upon the face of the little girl in the yellow dress, I knew.

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Her expression, a mix of shy and scared, drew my heart in a way that I knew she was the one.

Precious in Ghana would be the child that we chose to sponsor through Compassion. When I clicked the “Sponsor This Child” button, I cried.  Astounded and amazed at how my heart instantly made the crazy leap across the ocean and a love-bridge was built.

Truthfully, though, mixed in the pile of emotions was a hint of fear and trepidation. This commitment was not one I took lightly. Even from the beginning, sponsoring a child meant more to me than having a face on the fridge to pray for. I wanted to be a steadfast presence in the life of Precious and her family. I wanted to see this through.

My worry had to do with the financial commitment.

As a family with one modest income, without a lot of extras in the budget, the thought of keeping up with the $38 per month payment was a concern.

I took it to prayer and looked for verses in the Bible that could shed light on my thoughts.

One day, as I was reading, a passage in 2 Corinthians flew off of the pages of my Bible.

Now this I say, he who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Each one must do just as he has purposed in his heart, not grudgingly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.  And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that always having all sufficiency in everything, you may have an abundance for every good deed; as it is written,

He scattered abroad, he gave to the poor,
His righteousness endures forever.”

 Now He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply your seed for sowing and increase the harvest of your righteousness;  you will be enriched in everything for all liberality, which through us is producing thanksgiving to God.

2 Corinthians 9:6-11

And, do you know that way that a certain verse or passage will make repeated appearances in your life? That happened. On the radio, in Bible studies and conversations, bits and pieces of that same message were put in my path.

Those words have proven to be true.

Since that June day in 2009 when Precious entered our family, we have been reaping bountiful blessings in our lives when it comes to our involvement with Compassion.

Our family has grown to include nineteen beautiful children all around this world. Each and every one brings a joy to our lives and a smile to our heart.

Our family has been blessed in ways so numerous, it would be impossible to count them all.  While my initial concerns were about the financial commitment, we’ve managed to continue our sponsorships without missing a beat. There hasn’t been an increase in income, but I believe that the Lord has been able to multiply our blessings and provide for our needs through His grace and power. We have learned to see “enough” differently. We look for ways to bless others with the things the Lord has given to us.

The words in 2 Corinthians 9 have become engrained in my heart.

I am thankful for that little girl in Ghana who taught us lessons in sowing and that, through an act of obedience and faith on our part, she is growing and thriving and reaping bountifully as well.

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