Well, many times in the last few years I have recalled this picture the Lord gave me and smiled, even in the midst of pain, remembering what He has done and is doing in us. But this morning as I was reflecting (Boy, I do THAT a lot!) it struck me again that much of my personal ministry here in Nassau has been manual labor...simply preparing, serving, and cleaning up food. At church, in my home, in others' homes, and out at camp...food and all that goes along with it has been the #1 thing I've been busy doing here! This is unique to this place, though we have served in two other churches vocationally as a pastoral family, and in three other churches as lay-people. My desire in ministry would be to counsel, disciple, and facilitate ladies' groups, and for the most part this is how God has used me in the past, but that is not how the Lord has used me here. At times, it has felt like a misuse of my time and gifts. At times I have likely complained. But this morning I am thanking God that He has used me nonetheless...just differently than before. There is nothing dishonorable about preparing and serving food, in fact Jesus himself gave us the example of "serving" the Last Supper to His disciples as an indication of laying His life down for them. Should I seek to rise higher than He?
We Buntings are simply trivets of God's grace. Usable in whatever form God asks of us, we desire to respond humbly. Be encouraged this morning that whatever service God asks of you, there is nothing "too small" when it is done in the name of Jesus.
"And whoever gives one of these little ones even a cup of cold water because he is a disciple, truly, I say to you, he will by no means lose his reward.” Matt. 10:42