July 30, 2018 by Kgalalelo
I was driving home from visiting a skin therapist at a local hospital sometime last week; my mind was on the road but my spirit was singing songs of praise for God’s goodness in my life and how He immaculately puts ducks in a row always in everything that concerns me. I didn’t have an appointment going there but hoped that the consultant would be able to see me as I needed a replenishment of the treatment I was on. I was clear that if I required consultation, I had to make a proper appointment as she had other clients to see. There was a message on the glass door of the consultation room that said ‘press bell only once for help’ and so I rang the doorbell and waited. I couldn’t see anyone behind the reception desk and assumed that the therapist was occupied with a client and so kept waiting. I rang again after five minutes but nobody came through and so I went to the security door to find out from the guard if the consultant was at work and she nodded. After a good ten minutes of waiting I decided to call the therapist on her mobile phone and when she answered, she said she would be back in fifteen minutes time as she had gone out to pay her clothing account.
I decided to wait at the café on the same premises and grab a cup of coffee and since I was hungry and had intended in any case to purchase a chicken wrap for lunch on my way back, the menu had plenty of those and so placed an order. While waiting for my food, the security officer came into the café to inform me of the therapist’s return and her eagerness to meet me. I was surprised by her enthusiasm as I had never been to her spa before and assumed either she was about to see a client and decided to assist me quick or because I came all the way, she also wanted to make a good impression. After all, they say that first impressions lasts and that statement has proven itself to be true. So far, everything was going smooth and I was observing it all. First, the place was easy to get to and not far from my home; the security officer was very warm towards me and went out of her way to assist me; the restaurant was cosy and food was being prepared for me that I wanted to eat in the first place and the restaurateur was a fantastic elderly lady who believed in using fresh ingredients, adding green peppers and slices of cucumber to her meals. The atmosphere in the café was very welcoming and it was one of those joints in town where ladies all come together for knitting lessons, a good chat over a cup of coffee and rusks.
When I was finished, I treated the security officer to one of the delicious sandwiches in the café for all her trouble and went back to the spa to meet the therapist. She was a young and vibrant lady with beautifully manicured nails that represented her trade. She didn’t have a lot of make-up on, just lightly done and I appreciated that since I have decided to go natural as well for a while and concentrate on treating my skin without trying to cover-up and hide behind the make-up. I just made a decision last week to free myself and besides, the make-up soiled my jackets and scarfs since it is winter. We had a chit-chat about the treatment and the products and the combination that was best for me. I asked a couple of questions about skin issues and her responses were convincing. Finally I requested the refills I had come for and expected to pay more as the products are costly but they were on special and I received a 20% discount. Everything I touched turned to gold and in my head I said ‘thank you God’. Everything was going so well and the more attentive I became, the more I received.
I left the spa and went out the building to pay the parking ticket. I had stayed on the premises longer than I had initially intended and so had only a few coins in my handbag. There was no automatic teller machine anywhere on the premises in case the parking machine needed more and I doubted if the person at the gate would let me leave without paying. As I inserted the ticket and said a silent prayer, awaiting the reader to indicate how much I should pay, to my lovely surprise, I had more than enough in my pocket when I counted my coins and so paid and left. It was such a relief, God was doing all the calculations. I paid less for the products and had change left from the parking machine.
I went to find my car at the parking bay, walking high, unlocked it and drove off. While on the way, I received a scripture in my heart while driving which is found in Matthew 14:24-27. In the Gospel, Peter and Jesus had gone to Capernaum and when they arrived the temple tax collectors asked Peter whether Jesus also paid the temple taxes to which Peter answered with a yes. When he approached Jesus, who had already anticipated him, Jesus said to Peter “go to the sea, cast in a hook, and take the fish that comes up first. And when you have opened its mouth, you will find a piece of money; take that and give it to them for Me and you.” Jesus didn’t want to offend the tax collectors and so honoured the practice. I was marvelled by the scripture as it demonstrated the inexhaustibleness of God. The money was not taken out of the pocket nor the handbag or even the bank, it came out of the mouth of a fish. God put it there and clearly, He never wasted time, the first fish that got hooked, produced the required amount. Jesus could have pointed Peter elsewhere; underneath the ground, inside the water-well or sent him amid the wild animals. The communities in that era fished for a living and it makes sense to me that Jesus led Peter to a place that was very familiar and the source of his livelihood.
When Jesus began His ministry, He drew fishers to become disciples and amongst those was Peter. He said to Peter and his brother Andrew “follow Me, I will make you fishers of men” (Matthew 4:19). The men immediately left their nets and followed Jesus, they were obedient, and therefore, Peter never delayed as well this time. He submitted to Jesus that they may pay both their taxes. Perhaps if Jesus walked the earth in this time, He would have used something else that we all could relate to for simplicity’s sake. The Bible says that “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever” (Hebrews 13:8). The miracles that He performed then, He is able to perform today and still does, through us but we have to be obedient like Peter, have faith and believe that all things are indeed possible with God. We should, however, not test God nor doubt as there’s nothing we would receive.
Our God is limitless, there’s nothing He can’t do. He created the earth after all and all that is in it. Our faith in Him determines how much of His inexhaustibility we can experience. It all depends on us. We experience less of the magnificence of God because we are not there yet. We lack faith of a mustard seed, the faith that moves mountains and are ruled by fear. We don’t quite believe in the validity of the scriptures. We believe some and know for sure that God means what He says but as for others, we doubt while we say we believe. One of the most honest men is found in Mark 9:14-24. He was a man who had brought his son to Jesus because he had a spirit that made him mute. When he convulsed, that spirit threw him into fire and into water. Jesus said to the man, “‘If you can! All things are possible for one who believes.” Immediately the father of the child cried out and said, “I believe; help my unbelief!” We hardly pray about our unbelief and ask God to help us believe in the authenticity of the scriptures and the promises. We struggle day in day out hence most of us are still where we were ten years ago. We are still trying to achieve our goals thinking that we believe that God will prosper us but if we don’t believe then we will run only with hope.
Recognizing the goodness of God in small things helps to increase one’s faith and the more we see miracles in everything, the more miracles we experience. I make an effort as much as I can to be in the moment and acknowledge what God is doing in my life. David in Psalm 27:13 says “I remain confident of this: I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living”. God’s goodness is here, now, and it is there for the grabbing. I recognized a handful of miracles in my life on the same day that occurred from morning and right through the day and when you think that God is done, that’s when He performs an even bigger miracle. When you believe that you are walking on the red carpet, angels keep on rolling out the carpet wherever you go and you never have to walk on the dirt. You need to apply the promises to your own life and really dig the scriptures for what you want to see happening in your life. In Psalm 91 the bible says if you dwell in the secret place of the Most High “He shall give His angles charge over you, to keep you in all your ways. In their hands they shall bear you up, lest you dash your foot against a stone”. You shall always feel the protection and receive special treatment wherever you go.
If only we could fathom His greatness and who we are in Him on a daily basis then our lives would be easy, even the seeming challenges would disappear and our struggles would be no more. When I was about to think that I had had enough, that I had received my portion of His goodness for the day and was ready to begin my afternoon chores at home, I received news that a query that had been difficult for me to resolve in my personal life was cancelled and I didn’t have to handle it anymore. The news for me completed the day. It had been perfect in every way and all I could do was rejoice in the Lord and continue to sing Him praises.
I remembered the widow in 2 Kings 4. The woman’s husband had died and had left her in debt and as a result, the creditors wanted to enslave her two sons as payment. She ran to Elisha for help who said to her “what shall I do for you? Tell me, what do you have in the house?” And she said, “Your maidservant has nothing in the house but a jar of oil”. Elisha asked her to borrow as many vessels as she could and when she had done that, shut the door of her home and pour that oil into the jars. As she filled a jar after another, the oil kept pouring out and when there were no more jars to fill, the supply ceased. The widow had obeyed Elisha without question and Elisha used what she had in the house to provide from the inexhaustible supply. The oil was the only thing the woman had and familiar with just like Peter who was familiar with fishing that Jesus sent him to the sea to fish for a coin.
God uses all that is around us to demonstrate His immeasurable supply and He responds to our needs in ways we can never comprehend. I would have never thought that He would give me a discount or an oversupply of money for parking nor cancel the difficult query I had to handle. This case was a minor issue to Him whereas it was a big deal to me and He ensured that I was well nourished along the way. He located a skin therapist close to my home while I thought there were none around. He’s eyes are all over since His presence is everywhere. Working with Him is the best thing any of us can do for ourselves. Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice (Phillipians 4:4).
Footnote: Scriptures taken from the The Holy Bible, New King James Version, 1982: Nashville, TN, Thomas Nelson, Inc. & The ESV Global Study Bible®, ESV® Bible, Copyright © 2012 by Crossway. All rights reserved & The Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV®. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.™ Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved worldwide. www.zondervan.com The “NIV” and “New International Version” are trademarks registered in the United States Patent and Trademark Office by Biblica, Inc.™
Kgalalelo Saane Mphephuka
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