I Can Hear When I Listen

From Sharon Ross

This week’s scripture is Philippians 4:17-21.  All sorts of things accumulate around us as we go through life.  Some things are blessings, others not so much.  Describe a time when you got overly interested in collecting something.  Or, describe a time you felt concerned over not having enough of something important (ie. Money, food, shelter, time).  

Growing up in the military was a wonderful experience for my sisters and me.  We saw much of the world that many could not and we were privileged to observe cultures very different from our own.  We did not, however, have the advantage of unlimited funds.  We were rich in many ways, but money was tighter than we liked.  

As I grew older I was determined to work hard to gain the income to pay for the extra things I wanted.  I confess I became miserly with my income and savings and never felt like I had saved enough.  Years later, as I grew in faith, I knew that God provides and intends for us to be generous with those we find in need.  Still, giving normally has to be intentional for me, until it isn’t.  
Some while back, a friend and I were in Loveland to attend a meeting and found ourselves with some extra time.  We decided to do some shopping at the local Farmers Market in town that day.  As we drove into the parking lot, we noticed a man standing on the side with a sign saying “Can’t afford insulin; Please help.”  

We both remarked with concern for his situation.  I mentioned that he looked hungry, and needed food as much as insulin.  We went on talking about something else and walked toward the market.  When we were almost past the man with the sign, a strong feeling came over me that I was the one sent to help.  (I know how hokey that sounds.)  We went back, I handed the man a $20 bill from my wallet and said “God Bless you, He told me you needed this.”  We went on into the market to do our shopping.  

Now in the market, there was a large truck with every kind of vegetable on display.  For $20 you could fill a large paper shopping bag with whatever you wanted.  As we were getting back into the car to leave, I happened to glance back at the market and saw “the man with the sign” stuffing a bag with vegetables, for $20.  God is good.

These kinds of things happen to me from time to time and they always take me by surprise.  God’s work in and through us is a testament to His love for all people and a replenishing force for each of us.  

Heavenly Father, help me listen to You and to remember that sometimes I may be the answer to someone else’s prayer.  Help me to pay attention to your nudges!  Thank you, Lord, for using me and the resources you’ve given me to serve where I can.  Lead me forward within your will.  Amen

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Candi Winckel - March 25th, 2022 at 10:28pm

Sharon, I have a feeling that you listen to God’s nudges more than most. Thank you for being such a sweet reminder.

Alan Gibson - March 26th, 2022 at 12:13am

Sharon, it is so easy to ignore or dismiss those in need, especially when we are on our own mission. Thanks for reminding me to pass on the blessings I have received. Your story is one that we should all try to replicate. Thanks for sharing!

Jenna H - March 26th, 2022 at 11:50am

Sharon, you bless and give to Levi and I all the time with your acts of kindness. I am a witness that you not only hear/feel the nudges but you act on them. Thank for always having a heart for us and I know others are blessed by you in abundance!

Janet - March 29th, 2022 at 9:05am

The fact that you listen to Him and that you act has been a direct blessing to me personally, Sharon. Thank you for being such a kind and caring listening ear.