God’s wide-angle lens

wood 2I don’t mean to sound like an old time horse trader, but I have been summarily blessed with good teeth.  If you are not one of those in my camp, then you know that’s not something to be taken for granted, period.  In fact, one dentist once told me that the thickness on the enamel of my choppers is only about one in 100,000.  Translated, that means I have really no viable excuse of any cavities.  But I have a few, cavities that is.

Which means I’ve taken my teeth for granted….

Until now.  This year I had to get my first (hopefully only) “crown” for a fractured tooth.  OUCH to both the process and the bank account!

I’m thinking of an older friend from church many years ago who had saved a sum of money for some dental work, when she unmistakably heard her Lord tell her to give it to someone.  All of it. 

WHAT?!?  But, Lord?!!  (We’re all really good at “but, Lords”.)  She did, however, obey, and of course, the money returned back to her very quickly, from an unexpected source, and if I remember correctly, it was a significantly larger amount than she had sacrificed. Now, of course, the Almighty doesn’t always choose to work that way…

I was reminded of her account when I read the one about the poor widow who put two small coins into the church plate while everyone else was chucking in their supposedly more impressive amounts.  Jesus had this to say~~

 “And He called His disciples [to Him] and said to them, Truly and surely I tell you, this widow, [she who is] poverty-stricken, has put in more than all those contributing to the treasury.  For they all threw in out of their abundance; but she, out of her deep poverty, has put in everything that she had—[even] all she had on which to live.”

I’m wondering what was actually going on in her mind when she did that…?  When you figure what widows had to go through in that culture, it was not a pretty picture, and her picture must have been obvious even if you didn’t have the massive spiritual insight of the Son of God to work with.  And I’d like to know how the Almighty provided for her later, like He did for my faithful friend’s teeth.  Or maybe He provided in some way other than financial, since His picture was much bigger than her’s.

Now on the other hand, I’m all about personal boundaries, which need to be prayerfully set and judiciously guarded. Not everyone has to just dump their life savings onto the next missionary that walks by.   But sometimes I think I have allowed my “boundaries” to become barriers to God’s blessings, not only to others, but for myself!

 “And if you pour out that with which you sustain your own life for the hungry and satisfy the need of the afflicted, then shall your light rise in darkness, and your obscurity and gloom become like the noonday.”

It’s not just about not hoarding a surplus; it’s about giving into a place of sacrifice.  That’s a skill and a discipline, not merely a calling.  And it has to do with much, much more than money.  How about time?  Talent?  Effort?  Here’s one—unwarranted forgiveness of that guy next door…or the pew behind you?

That’s when I find out that His bigger picture has had my smaller one in mind all the time.

Mark 12:42-44; Isaiah 58:10  Amplified Bible, Classic Edition (AMPC) Copyright © 1954, 1958, 1962, 1964, 1965, 1987 by The Lockman Foundation

Author: dawnlizjones

Tends toward TMI, so here's the short list: guitar and banjo (both of which have been much neglected as of late), bicycling (ibid), dogs, very black tea, and contemplating and commenting on deep philosophical thoughts about which I have had no academic or professional training. Oh, also reading, writing, but I shy away from arithmetic.

11 thoughts on “God’s wide-angle lens”

  1. First Step: I usually take the time to look for the bigger picture than a first glance. My next reaction is to sit down on the 2nd step when God wants me to climb the stairs. Good insight, thanks

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  2. Thanks for another practical lesson, dawnliz. Someone told me the thicker the enamel, the whiter the teeth. If so, congratulations. I’m not blessed that way, but my teeth are at least healthy. No cavities or other problems that way.

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  3. During my stint as a professional driver, I encountered begging “users” at nearly every truck stop. It quickly became apparent that discernment was the key word of the day if I was to remain financially solvent. I offered to buy them a meal at the buffet table in the restaurant in lieu of money for “gas”, “the babies at home”, “my sick mother”. 90 % of them would squint at me, wrinkle their nose and say ,”No thanks”.
    Some “Christian” folks chastised me saying I should give the money and let the Lord deal with it. Sorry, the Lord of my life expects me to use my inherent logic, reason, and intelligence.

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    1. I’ve been criticized for being in both lines of thought too, Larry. Usually when the Holy Spirit seriously needs me to see in a specific direction, like that tingly feeling a goat head sticker gives me 😉 I tend to pay careful attention. I believe there must be balance which also requires discernment.

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  4. Many years ago, I read an article that changed my mind about the account of the widow. Jesus meant her to be seen by his disciples and remembered by all generations of believers as a good example of trusting God. But when he pointed her out to the disciples, he may have had a second point in mind. They carried money with them, gifts from other people, to share with the poor. Were the disciples meant to stand at a distance and admire her, or to slip her some money for her groceries and other needs? J.

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  5. I love it when this happens! Oh, when fellow bloggers speak right into a situation I’m either facing personally or I’m braining through in a story. This week this post helped me pray my way through a literal challenge. Wayta go God! = D

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