My son moved back to the States in July. That left his bedroom available to create a guestroom. I have never had a guestroom before, so this was pretty exciting. We host a lot of people in our home throughout the year including nationals, foreigners, and visiting Pastors. Having a room dedicated to housing them is perfect!
We cleaned out my son's room. That was no small task! I bet there was three pounds of popcorn kernels. I organized the wardrobe with bedding, towels, and washcloths. Then on top of the wardrobe was a collection of blankets that needed to be organized. Since we house a lot of people, and since our house is not heated in the winter, we had accumulated many blankets.
Oh how pleasant it is to see God's provision!
Psalm 23:1 "The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want."
I shall not want! I will not lack anything. The blessings of God were overflowing in our home in the form of blankets.
A few weeks later, I was speaking with someone. I knew it would be there first winter here so I just bluntly asked if they were ready for it. They were not. They were in need of blankets. As I thought about our abundance of blankets at home, I realized that I had "built bigger barns."
Imagine a farmer. It's harvest season, and he has an amazing crop ready to be harvested. It's way more than he needs this year and next year, and it is even too much for his barns to store. So what does he do? Does he build bigger barns and hoard it all for him and his family? Or does he choose to be a funnel for the Lord? A funnel passes on the blessings.
So here we were with our abundance of blankets. We have so many blankets that we have blankets downstairs just so we don't have to walk upstairs to get our other blankets. We have blankets for warmer months and blankets for colder months. We have blankets of different colors in case I want to change the color of the bedding to make it more decorative. So I had a choice... bigger barns or funnel of love?
1 John 3:17 "But whoso hath this world's good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him?"
The Shepherd's provision is amazing and abundant. We are blessed! There is no shame in that. That's something to be celebrated. I shall not want! God is really good to us! But how tightly do we cling to those blessings? It is good to plan for the future and to be prepared, but when we trust in our barns full of goods instead of trusting in God's provision we are doing wrong. Sometimes God blesses us abundantly so that we can minister to the needs of others.
The Lord really is my Shepherd and I shall not want. Neither shall I hoard and close up my bowels of compassion.