Ever since we immigrated to New Zealand in January, with the exception of offerings that the kids bring to Religious Education classes, we have not been offering as we did not bring that much savings from Japan and with no income, we were always wary as to whether we have enough to pay for rent, utilities and groceries. On 25th March, my husband got his first salary. I told my husband that I would like to make a thanksgiving offering to God. He asked whether we have enough to survive and if so then go ahead and we offered most of his first salary to God.
Several days after we offered, out of the blue, a church member came to me and said…..do you need 2 single beds? He said that he had a friend who had 2 single beds to give away. My girls are sleeping on futons and we did not think that we needed beds for them but another church member mentioned that it is too cold to sleep on the carpet during winter and we ended up saying yes to the offer. After church service, we went to pick up the beds. The beds are in very good condition and it would have been costly if we were to purchase the beds. The girls are delighted with their unexpected gift.
It reminded me of the verse in Malachi 3:10.
Bring all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be food in My house, and try Me now in this,” says the Lord of hosts, “If I will not open for you the windows of heaven and pour out for you such blessing that there will not be room enough to receive it.
I could not help but feel that God is telling us that we need not worry and He will provide for us and bless us with more if we offer to him.