And this little story I'm about to share shows that sometimes a "ministry" can be found in doing a very small thing, like sewing a little baby quilt.
About six months ago, I came across the blog of an old friend that I knew at my church in Atlanta about five years ago. I discovered through reading her blog that she and her husband were in the process of adopting a little girl from Ghana, West Africa. They just recently received their referral and are elated to be getting their little 18 month old girl, who's going to be called Zoe, in a few months! As soon as I read their exciting news, I knew I wanted to make her something. Well, I finished her little quilt/toddler blanket a couple of weeks ago and my friend Amy got it in the mail last week. She sent me this email just when I was going through my hard time of feeling like I don't have a "ministry" -
"Oh Lora!!!! Your package arrived today! It could not be MORE PERFECT!!! I love the colors! I have to tell you that I have been looking at boutiques at this exact kind of blanket and couldn't find just the right one. I had in my mind that I wanted a fleece on one side and cotton on the other! How did you know?!? Flowers & polka dots are perfect.
Your handiwork is precious. And I am so appreciative of all the prayers you prayed over Zoe as you prepared her blanket. I can't wait to take it to her. I believe that I will pack it on our trip to get her and give it to her while we are still in Ghana.
Thank you so much for such an incredibly thoughtful and beautiful gift!
What a ministry you have!
Many, many blessings in return!!
Love - Amy
I read that email with tears in my eyes, thanking God for reminding me, yet again, that He is using me! I may never get to travel the world and minister like I dreamed of doing when I was young, but the works of my hands can go all the way to West Africa and help make a little 18 month old girl feel safe in the arms of her new adoptive parents. And I know that as she cuddles with that blankie, God will wrap His loving arms around her and give her peace and hope for a better life.
(polka dotted fleece backing with appliqued flower print dots)
So, I am determined now, more than ever, to keep my eyes open for ways to minister in the little things. All God asks of me is to be faithful with what I've been given. He's given all of us gifts and talents. There are opportunities everywhere and everyday to use those gifts and talents to bless others. We need to get creative and think outside of the box. God can use anything, no matter how small!!! I mean, look at the parable of the boy with the five loaves of bread and two fish! He used that little lunch to feed thousands of people! Surely, He can use the little that we have to do immeasurably more than we could ever think or imagine!
Thank you for letting me share this blessing that God allowed me to experience last week!