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Postage Due

Hand-written cards via snail mail. ☑️
Oops. Do I have stamps?

The faculty prayer group at my school meets every Tuesday morning. Last week, one of my colleagues brought three cards for everyone to sign. Two were get well cards (for other faculty members), and one was a sympathy card for a teacher who recently lost her father.

The dozen or so people who attended our prayer group that day signed the cards, but there was still plenty of room left for more well-wishes. So I asked one of our assistant principals to help spread the word to the rest of our faculty. She sent an email inviting everyone (over 100 staff members) to sign, and left the cards by our head principal’s in-basket.

When I picked up the three cards two days later they were completely covered with handwritten words of encouragement! All that was left to do was to put them in the mail.

But I forgot to bring stamps.

“Maybe I have some in my desk,” I said to myself, hopefully. Now, I’m one of those people who stuffs their desk drawers full of anything that might even REMOTELY be needed in the future. But did I save any stamps?

I foraged through the drawers one at time—rooting around like a frisky ferret. Nothing. Finally, I checked the top middle drawer. And right there in the tray, next to the paper clips, were some first class forever stamps.

Wanna guess how many?

Not two, not four but THREE. Exactly the number I needed! I said a joyful, “Thank you, Jesus!” and got those letters in the mail.

Where God guides, God provides.

The Lord knew all along when I would need those stamps. I can’t even remember when I left them in that drawer! But they were still there when the time came.

I’m not saying the creator of the universe is like a gumball machine. But He DOES get the job done—especially when His glory is at stake (Isaiah 48:11b).

It’s impressive that God also used three people, who each filled distinct roles, to make this ministry opportunity happen. One thoughtful teacher provided the cards, our assistant principal got out the word, and I put them in the mail.

“By yourself you’re unprotected. With a friend you can face the worst. Can you round up a third? A three-stranded rope isn’t easily snapped” Ecclesiastes 4:12

Do you have any “three stranded rope” friends in your life? I hope so. Humans (especially Christian ones) are designed for interdependence—not just with God, but also with each other (Romans 12:19).

By davidsdailydose

I'm just a regular guy who was
tempted to lose all hope but did not. It was God who made the difference.

17 replies on “Postage Due”

Thanks, Aimee. My desk drawers are still a mess, and school isn’t even in session! I can find things, it just takes me a minute. 🥸 I am grateful for your engagement and encouragement. Blessings!

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“I foraged through the drawers one at time—rooting around like a frisky ferret.”

I laughed so hard and loud at this line. I can relate as I am also a “disorganized mess”, but thankful for God’s grace to find and provide things just as I need them. I came home from school one day and mentioned imagining what my desk looks like and my dad said he didn’t need to imagine. I try…I have organizers…

Can’t stop laughing at frisky ferret and that God takes care of us anyway.

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Howdy! This blog post could not be written any better! Going through this article reminds me of my previous roommate! He continually kept talking about this. I most certainly will send this information to him. Pretty sure he will have a good read. Thank you for sharing!

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Yes, indeed. One of my favorite lyrics from the song, “God Believes in You”, by Pierce Pettis: “Everything matters if anything matters at all.” Thank you for reading and commenting. Blessings.

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God cares about the little things (having the correct number of stamps); and pulls all the details of our lives, and His His plans, together perfectly. He wanted those people to receive those cards … and so He took care of all the details. What a beautiful encouragement.

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Wonderful message. I needed the encouragement today. I especially appreciated this:

“But He DOES get the job done—especially when His glory is at stake”

It made me think of a verse in Jeremiah that is really comforting to me.

The LORD said to me, “You have seen correctly, for I am watching to see that my word is fulfilled.” –Jeremiah 1:12

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I’m glad to hear the faculty at your school has a prayer group, David. I’m sure God is using that group in more ways than anyone knows.

Several years ago, I belonged to a writers’ group which met at the church I attended. One meeting, some people came in burdened down with different concerns. The leader wisely decided to have a prayer meeting instead of the usual writers’ meeting. We stood in a circle and prayed for each person. Christ’s Presence was very real in that room; He was right there with us, with His arms around us. Some time later I reflected that perhaps the writing group served a bigger purpose than just for writing.

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Because I have moved around, my 3 strand friends live in different states. That’s a really good question David. I had to mull that one over and say “self, what are you going to do about your lack of deep friendships”? I have quite a few fishing buddies but that’s quite different

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What a Good God we serve, so often He brings people together who would never know each other to achieve His Will. Just look at us and our other writing brethren on WordPress, we minister to each other and many unknowns who are blessed by our words for Him.

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