Jesus called his disciples to him and said, “I tell you the truth, this poor widow has given more than all the others who are making contributions. For they gave a tiny part of their surplus, but she, poor as she is, has given everything she had to live on.” - Mark 12:43-44 NLT
The coronavirus has changed and challenged our society in so many ways. During the time when all of our schools were closed, my husband Terry and I would help our church’s efforts to take meals to a local trailer park where the children relied upon free breakfasts and lunches at school. One day while we were distributing food, a man drove up in an old truck. He had a crumpled $20 bill in his hand and told us to use it to feed the children. He didn’t have much himself, but he freely gave to others.
This reminded me of the story of the widow’s mite. She did not hold back but gave what she had and she trusted that God would provide for her. The application here goes far beyond the coronavirus or times of crisis. In our daily lives we are challenged when our resources are stretched thin. We may have seasons when we are extremely busy . . . yet a widow’s mite of a few minutes spent truly listening to someone can make their day. We may have a widow’s mite of patience left after a long day . . . yet God can provide just a little more to help us respond kindly to our spouse and kids. We may feel weary and dejected . . . but a widow’s mite of encouraging words can be a blessing. We may be struggling financially . . . but a few dollars can provide a meal to someone who is hungry.
All of these things are beautiful acts of worship to God. He sees. He provides what we need. What can you do with the little you have to offer today?
Grace Point Community Church
Lewis Center, Ohio
One-Year Bible Reading
2 Chronicles 32:1-33:13