Give, and it will be given to you; a good measure–pressed down, shaken together, and running over–will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you. ~ Luke 6:38 (HCSB)
Have you ever wondered about that whole measuring thing?
I’ve heard it explained a couple of different ways… if you give generously, you will receive generously; if you give sparingly, you will receive sparingly. But I’ve also heard that this means if you give a $5 you’ll get back $5s. And that’s what leads me to this little story.
Sometimes we give without reservation… something in us just says it’s the right thing to do. Other times, there is something that tells us not to give. I remember a time when Peter said he had no money to give a crippled man sitting at the gate. I don’t believe for a minute that Peter was broke, but what he had to give was worth so much more than silver or gold! (Acts 3)What Peter had to give the crippled man was worth far more than silver or gold. Click To Tweet
I was reminded of this incident in my life by a tale going around on Facebook about Kevin Costner complimenting the residents of our town for helping him with a flat tire when they had no idea who he was. Nice story… but Facebook returned similar stories for other towns in the United States, and only the name of the town had been changed. But I digress…
The point is, I could have been the one who helped Kevin Costner with his flat… Let me explains.
My son and I were in town one Sunday evening… small town in the Bible Belt, our sidewalks roll up early — especially on Sunday. (In fact, some businesses don’t open at all). We were on our way home and noticed a man on the side of the road talking into his cell phone and looking lost. We pulled over to see if he needed help.
He and his wife were travelling to the West Coast and had a flat tire on the interstate. He was trying to find a tire store. We gave him a ride to Walmart and waited outside for him. Unfortunately, they had just closed their automotive department and couldn’t help him. There were no other options in town, and they didn’t have a spare. They also didn’t have much money.
He told us that a relative in Washington was taking them on a cruise for their honeymoon. They had never had the money or the opportunity to go on a honeymoon after they were married.
We bought a can of fix a flat and took him back to his car. We took off the tire, used the fix a flat, and took the tire to the gas station to refill it with air. Unfortunately, it didn’t work. The tire was still flat.
This was one of those times when something inside of me said I had to help this couple. The problem was… how?
I came up with a crazy idea… our tires looked about the same size. My son Nick confirmed that they were. So, I offered to loan them my spare. They couldn’t believe it! They promised to bring it back to me on their way back home in a few weeks. We exchanged cell phone numbers. They even called me when they arrived in Washington so we wouldn’t worry about them.
I never heard from them again.
I never got my spare back.
That was in May. Fast forward to December. I still had no spare. My tires were getting in pretty bad shape and I didn’t have the money to replace them. Funny how that works. Tires never last. They always have to be replaced. Yet it always seems to catch me by surprise. I ended up having to replace one of the tires when I got a flat.
Then something amazing happened…
I was given a certificate for a full set of tires for Christmas. I went to a local auto salvage yard and bought a wheel for my newly purchased tire. Just like that, I had four brand new tires… and a spare again!
Pressed down, shaken together, running over, in like measure.
It might not seem like much to you. To me, it was a miracle from God.
You may not have much… but there is always something you can give. And God loves a cheerful giver.
Be open to miracles. They happen every day.