Whatever we receive from God is what He asks that we give to someone else. This is what Jesus meant when he said, “Freely you have received; freely give” (Matthew 10:8).
I saw the power of this the time my own Sophia and I were walking down a crowded street. I had a full day, but had promised to let her accompany me on it — a special treat for both of us. I was racing the clock, determined to make it to Starbucks before a meeting. We’d been running hard and fast all that day to keep appointments, to get things done, and I needed a pick-me-up. Images of tall cups of seventy percent foam, extra-hot, skim cappuccinos were dancing in my head.
Sophia, on the other hand, would have been happy just to walk along and look at everything: the shop-window displays, the flower and tree pots outside the buildings, the cars parked alongside the curb. But I was on a mission.
Suddenly I realized that Sophia’s hand was no longer in mine. I grabbed at the air, reaching for her, but touched nothing. I whirled around to find her.
Just steps behind, she had stopped to kneel at the curb next to a man who appeared to be homeless. She held out to him the dollar I’d given her that morning to buy a treat for herself. She had been holding tight to that dollar the entire day. It was a treasure, a rare gift for a special day with Mummy, and she’d been trying to decide exactly how to spend it on our day downtown. Now, without hesitation, she was handing it to a stranger. “Jesus gave me this dollar to give to you,” she said.
How easily she had handed over what was so precious to her. How powerful that mere dollar became.
The man she handed it to handed it back, tears streaming down his face. “Honey,” he said, “you spend that on some candy for yourself.”
He had been given something much more precious than her dollar. Sophia had given her heart — and so much more. She gave him hope. She reminded him that there was goodness in this world, and grace — even from a child. She had reminded him that God would provide — even from the least and most unlikely sources. Sophia had crossed the street (or at least moved to the side of it), and God had gone with her. He used her open hand to open a stranger’s heart. And He used her willing spirit on that day to show me that when we give what we have, and don’t overthink it, God — the God of hope — delivers all the rest.
Known for her “tell it like it is,” passionate, compelling style, Christine Caine travels the globe taking messages of hope and inspiration to people around the world, including many stops on the Women of Faith From Survival to Revival tour this fall.
From Undaunted © 2012 by Christine Caine (Zondervan). Used by permission. All rights reserved.