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Little Needs.

Lately it feels like I have been stuck in a rut.  Stuck inside this feeling of loneliness, emptiness and meaninglessness.
 
Inside me, I was forgetting how God worked, I forgot how He worked in every small detail.
A week or so ago, I was out shopping alone, spending time in quietness just taking time to think and walk around. I just needed some time out of the house, out of school, out of life just to spend time alone. So I shopped. As I was in the Dollar Store, an idea came to mind that I should buy some hats and gloves just to hand out to people as I saw the need. So I bought some hats to store away in my vehicle to hand out whenever. I then drove around town, wasting time and decided to go into Canadian Tire to look for cheap gloves.  As I walked around, I noticed there was backpacks, that were cheaper than the usual.
I had only planned to buy hats and mitts, because those were the needs that I saw I could easily fill, I had to do something. I couldn’t imagine having to walk around the street without a hat or mitts, it is freezing.  But as I saw this backpack, something inside me decided to buy it. I got up to the counter to pay and left, wondering why in the world I would need the backpack. It isn’t the easiest thing to walk up to someone and give them.
 
I forgot about the stuff I had bought until last night.
 
Last night, a group of us went down to the PAC center to sort, and distribute personal needs items like clothes, hats, coats, shoes, shampoo and many many other things that we need to live, maintain a job, and take care of our families.  One request came in and as I looked around, I couldn’t find a backpack anywhere for this lady.
 
It is so hard to tell someone that you cannot find what they need. Right then I remembered the backpack I had bought a week ago.  It was so neat to see how God works, He plans ahead, He knows.  I got to personally give this lady the backpack that I had bought, not knowing who, when or how I would give this out.  God knew she would need that, He knew there would be a need, and He knew that I was able to fill it.  He used me to help someone, even when I didn’t know I could.
 
As I was driving home from the PAC, I realized how much I missed this community. How much I need this community to get through the days that seem unbearable.  How blessed I am to be a blessing to someone in need of some hope.
 
There was so many times last night where God took care of a need.
Someone’s need for a pair of size 32 work pants, or a need for a suit jacket to wear to work, may seem so small, but to God – that need matters just as much as anything. The fact that I got to meet a man named Henry, who put on a suit jacket and couldn’t get over the fact that it fit him perfectly, the fact that he now had a jacket to go to work in, that may seem small – but to God Henry’s need last night matters just as much as anything else.
 
God doesn’t need me to journey all the way to the other side of the world to make a difference, He doesn’t need to show me a huge sign in the sky with bright shining lights to show me that He still loves, remembers and longs for me.  Last night, I was reminded that God takes care of every little thing, every small detail.
 
God knew that that last suit jacket would fit Henry perfectly.
 
That in itself gives me the assurance that He will take care of my heart too.

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Jessica T
Figuring out life one day at a time and loving Jesus while doing it.

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24 comments

  1. Jess, your writing always lifts me up–it reminds me what really matters in life. Thank you.

  2. Jessica, I would like you to know the words you have spoken. Ministry is oftentimes the place where God redefines my soul. I really needed to hear this this morning. God is good. Thank you for encouraging me.

  3. What a word! Thanks Jess! Your insight into wisdom, and how God gently woos our souls is so life-giving!

  4. Shaun

    Woo. What a good day. If I can add one other to the pile of encouragement, we prayed over having a can opener for a family who didn’t have one. There was one left, that had fallen from the bin and couldn’t be seen. And God provided something small but something significant. The can opener helped out a man with cut up hands who, at every meal, used a large knife to open cans. He was having a hard time at work because his hands have significant cuts. Can openers as a whisper of God. He is good.

  5. Great article! Often we forget that God is always around us and has a plan. Great to see that God is shining through your life, and using you to outreach to others in need.

  6. Great Article, It is good example of how we should be opening hearts so that God can have his way in our lives. Even when we don’t know exactly what he is using us for, he could change someones life through it, or even change our own. It shows also that we may not think something little can make a difference in someones life, but often we can be surprised that it can, and will.

  7. It is neat how God can tell us something long before we know what is going to happen
    Job 37:5 NIV
    God’s voice thunders in marvelous ways; he does great things beyond our understanding

  8. You sharing this experience was inspiring! I love how honest you were when you said you forgot about the hats and mitts. The general message of your writing is very moving, because of your writing I can see how involved God really is. Great job!

  9. This is so inspiring and encouraging. I often forget Gods constant presence and really how much he cares for me. This makes me feel cared for and like i have not been forgotten. He really does work out every detail according to his plan. Thank you so much for this!

  10. It’s truly amazing how God works in our lives like that. And others people lives as well. This example really helps me in my walk with God. Thanks so much!

  11. This is an amazing article ! your article tells a great story and how god is working in every bodies life all the time and is always pays attentions to us. Its encouraging to know that people are experiencing Gods love in there every day lives.

  12. It’s amazing how God knows every little thing that happens and how it will change us. Plus, he loves us so much that he cares about the tiniest details of our lives and it truly is the small things that he cares about that will impact us the most. Your article really shows how God can work in small ways and it will make such a big difference in our lives.

  13. Good article! Sometimes you forget god is there, articles like these really help remind me that God IS here.

  14. Thank you for this it really inspired me, just that God looks deep enough into our little lives, to know we need a jacket or a backpack. God is good and he cares.

  15. God really looks after people. some people think “its the end of the world” because they didn’t have access to internet for a whole week because they were on a family camping trip. but really you have lots to be thankful in that situation you have a family, you have food, you get to enjoy nature, have fun ex. some people don’t have any of those things. Basically be thankful for what you have and God will look after you.

  16. this is really inspired me this shows that the stuff we need someone else needs it more

  17. It really is amazing on how God works in our lives just to help others in more need than us. This really shows on how he is Omni present and he knows what we all need.

  18. I echo everyone’s comments! And also if you’re going through a hard time in your life trust in God and he will make your path straight. A good can and will come from a bad, we learn from past experiences, which kinda relates to this article. All in all, great message and so true, God works in mysterious and wondrous ways doesn’t he. It’s awesome!

  19. Wow! I really loved this article Jessica! It really shows that you have a wonderful and giving heart! Its awesome! God works in great ways even though we may not see all of them. It also shows that, even though we can’t see him, he does awesome things in others and our life!

  20. Fantastic article! This is a great demonstration of how God always works in our lives, even when we don’t realize.

  21. This piece is an amazing example of Gods works!! This story can easily encourage everyone and give us all hope to restore our faith in God if we have wandered off Gods path.

  22. Thank you so much for writing this. It really made me step back and take a look at life. All the time we think that God is just so big and far away and that he has a giant plan that only includes all the big things and important people in life. It is so refreshing to know that God makes little plans too.

  23. This article is a great reminder that God is always looking out for people. Also shows that we can make a big difference in someones life. Sometimes I don’t remember that. Good to know that little things can change someone’s life and maybe lead them closer to God.

  24. This article makes you think what you are really doing with your life. Good article

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