so, lately i have had a couple of things happening to me kind of at the same time, and i am starting to wonder if they are not connected.
#1. i have had a very heavy heart lately for people on the side of the street with signs. it seems that no matter where i turn, i see them. in the last month, i have stopped and given money to 3 men holding signs. i cannot help it, i know that some people think it's dumb. that they most likely have *lots* of money, and it's just a scam. i actually don't really care if it's a scam, it still breaks my heart. and what if it isn't? what if these are the people Jesus is talking about when he talked about the 'least of these'? what do you think? do you do this, too? do you think about it? does it BOTHER you to just drive by?
#2. the better part of the story is that lately, i have also seemed to find extra money in my wallet. i cannot be specific about it, because to be honest, i don't usually keep that good of track. i do know that last week, i was totally cash-less, and i went to the bank and extracted $100 from my account. then, i went to lincoln last weekend. i kind of mentioned to kristie that it seemed like i had more cash then when i started. and when i got home from the trip, i DID count, and it was $92. which might not be a miracle. except that we did stop for snacks. and i bought some stuff at the farmer's market with cash. and who spends only $8 in a weekend?
last night, i was reading my daily bible. which lately, i have not read every day. it was so so good. and these verses in Isaiah 55 struck me, as many verses in Isaiah usually do:
1 "Come, all you who are thirsty,
come to the waters;
and you who have no money,
come, buy and eat!
Come, buy wine and milk
without money and without cost.
2 Why spend money on what is not bread,
and your labor on what does not satisfy?
Listen, listen to me, and eat what is good,
and your soul will delight in the richest of fare.
and so it goes. i am praying that the Lord increases my faith in small miracles, in the workings that so many times i pass by. i am thanking him for things that i have bought without money. and i am grateful.