I am a giver. No one would challenge that who knows me. God has blessed me with a spirit of joy when I am able to give to my church, missions, or to someone genuinely in need. As a retired teacher on a very limited income, it isn’t like I have much extra at the end of the check to get me through the month, but I have found that God supplies me with things that other people have need of and He makes sure that I never run dry.
Clothes seem to hatch in my closet. Food seems to multiply in my cabinet. Books seem to find their way to my shelves. I’ve heard it said that God will pour into you what He knows will flow through you to meet the needs of others.
My dream job would be to a philanthropist – who secretly traveled and checked out places like orphanages or single mothers trying to go back to school and help them out. An undercover source of blessing sounds pretty amazing to me.
Now, however, the shoe is on the other foot. I’ve been dreaming of Scotland for years. Every time I’d get a little nest egg toward that dream, something would come up to wipe it out – car repairs, tires, a burnt out washing machine, or any number of other things.
At the beginning of this year, I felt a shift in my thinking about my dream of visiting Scotland. It was a distinct impression from beyond myself that I needed to start behaving as if I am going instead of only hoping. So, I’ve checked out a variety of tours, talked to a lot of people who have traveled out of the country about what the best company, best rates, etc. would happen to be.
I’ve found the tour that I believe is the right one. I have a friend who joyfully said, “YES!” that she would definitely go and would gladly go as my roommate.
So, all that remains is to raise the money.
Ecclesiastes 11:1 says “Cast thy bread upon the waters: for thou shalt find it after many days.“ I’ve cast a lot of bread on the waters helping other people realize their dream or go on mission trips and have been joyful to do it. I never help anyone in any way expecting payback. Never. If I have a need, the blessing God provides for me almost always comes through unexpected sources and not through people I have helped.
The other half of that verse is a promise that if we cast our bread upon the waters (give) that it will find us again (blessings returned) after many days… (Most likely it will return after we’ve long forgotten about what we’ve given.)
I believe God will help me in this endeavor. For years there has been something about Scotland calling to me, even though I don’t know what it is. I believe that part of God’s divine purpose for my life is to make this trip. Even though it is a tour, it is a Christian group that’s I’m looking to go with, complete with praise and worship along the way and Christian fellowship. I believe there is something very important about this trip, although I cannot put a name to it.
I am willing to work to make it happen. I’ve been brainstorming ways to raise the extra amount of money I will need that is not in my normal budget. Even a $5 or $10 at a time, it will add up, if I can just think of creative ways to do it. I know there are and will be people praying for me to see this dream come true. If anyone has a creative suggestion about raising the money, I am certainly willing to listen!