"See, I have engraved you on the palms of My hands..."
Last month, I wrote a post titled "Lavish Love" (click here to read)" about a surprise party I hosted for my hubby. I shared about many wonderful and unexpected blessings on that occasion, including some precious hearts that were touched by God's lavish love through His people. These hearts were those belonging to some of the restaurant staff. " A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you love one another." John 13:34-35
It was on my heart after the surprise party to send Bibles and devotionals to four of those new friends on the restaurant staff as a "thank you" for their excellent service. While I was not as efficient as I would have liked to have been in sending them out, I prayed for God's perfect timing and orchestration. I prayed their hearts would be fertile and hungry for Him. I prayed over each Bible and devotional as I wrapped them up. I prayed for the recipients, that God would pursue them and that they would pursue Him, that they would KNOW GOD. "Now this is eternal life: that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom You have sent." John 17:3
After writing personal notes to each of the four recipients, I headed out to the shipping store. I had e-mailed the one gal on the banquet staff at the restaurant to let her know a package was coming to her attention. She seemed surprised, excited and thankful.
Now, I am quite sure they were not expecting to receive Bibles and devotionals when we told them we were sending them some "thank you gifts". I am not really sure what they expected, but something tells me Bibles would not be on their top ten list of guesses. And that's OK. I sent them off trusting Him.
Every day after sending the package off, I would pray for God's covering and His work. Many days went by and I didn't hear anything from the recipients, which was perfectly fine. However, making sure the package arrived safely was on my mind. So, several days after I sent the package, I got on the www.ups.com website and put in the package's tracking number. I prayed: Lord, can you please just let me know that You are using these Bibles and devotional for Your purposes? Would you please just show me that you have this all covered and that you are "on it" with these precious new friends? My desire is for God's legacy and glory to be lifted up, for the sake of His great name, and for the sake of these precious souls. "Since You are my rock and my fortress, for the sake of Your name lead and guide me." Psalm 31:3
When I entered the package's UPS tracking number in the on-line tracking sytem and the results came up on my computer screen, my jaw dropped and I lost my breath. Here is what is said (I cut and pasted this from the UPS site):
Delivered UPS has delivered the shipment.
KING OF PRUSSIA, PA, US
Do you see that? "Signed By: JESUS". Jesus!
Now, I know that the fellow who signed for this package may have no idea that the Lord used Him to show me His faithfulness (or maybe he was an angel and is well aware!), but oh how I was doing the happy dance! I think I may have even tinkled in my pants!
Signed By: Jesus. He's on it. He's got it covered. He loves our new friends at the restaurant with an everlasting, pure and perfect love. Let the pursuing begin!
Whoooeeee....He's on it indeed!
Signed, sealed and delivered!
"One will say, 'I belong to the LORD '; another will call himself by the name of Jacob; still another will write on his hand, 'The LORD's,' and will take the name Israel. "This is what the LORD says—Israel's King and Redeemer, the LORD Almighty: I am the first and I am the last; apart from me there is no God." Isaiah 44:5-6
"You yourselves are our letter, written on our hearts, known and read by everybody. You show that you are a letter from Christ, the result of our ministry, written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts."
2 Corinthians 3:2