Most of the time I feel like I am “between the rain.” It almost feels like a drought and I wonder if God remembers I am here; going about the business he has called me to but wondering if there is more in store for me. Then, the rains come. Showers of blessings in every way imaginable pour upon my life. It’s an awesome place to be. I don’t know how to make the showers come, but I know that for the past 40 days it has been raining.
It started with A Place at the Table: 40 Days of Solidarity with the Poor, by Chris Seay, and a small high school Sunday School class in Idaho. We decided to take this challenge and fast for 40 days. I had no idea where I would end up when we began this journey. Spending $150 on food for an entire month—and still eating well compared to the real poor of our world—brought us to a cross roads. Where do we go from here? Now that the official fast is over, how can we go back to the ways things were? Ah, perhaps that is part of God’s plan… we don’t.
Add to my life a Bible study on James and a sermon series on Acts and the early disciples, and wowza, look out for the flood! As a class, we are feeling led to call our church family to join us the 40 days prior to Easter for another fast. As a family, we have decided to continue to eat as the poor do for two weeks of the month and with that savings, we will obey Jesus by feeding those who need food, clothing those who need clothes, and loving those who need love. We are sponsoring more children through Compassion International, buying more Water for Life filters to provide a lifetime of safe drinking water, and open the door for the Source of water and life to be shared. As James says, “For just as the body without the spirit is dead, so also faith without works is dead” (James 2:26, HCSB). I am going to soak up these showers; knowing that the land needs to dry for the fruit to grow. What a blessing to be a small part in God’s huge plan.
Contributed by Joy Lujan, Caldwell Friends