I thought about waiting until the end of this post to tell you what it was that God prompted me to do on Day 3… back on April 21, 2012. Then I chuckled a little and realized you’d probably just scroll down until you found it anyway. It’s like trying to hide candy at the bottom of a bowl of popcorn, telling you it’s there, and expecting you to patiently eat your way through the popcorn until you get to the candy.
Yeah, I wouldn’t wait either. I’d jam my hand to the bottom of that bowl like a million dollars was at the bottom. But you have to give me just a teensy bit of credit at this point.
I just got you to read three paragraphs before I told you, and before you started to scroll. 🙂
So here it is:
On the afternoon of April 21, 2012 I opened a small book about tithing. Wait…don’t run. I’m not asking you for money. Haha! I’m merely sharing what happened to me. I started to read it. It had what seemed like an incredible amount of individual scripture verses all through it. Admittedly…I was mildly annoyed because I thought it was a bit of overkill. Yeah, I know. That makes me sound shallow. But transparency is what I promised, so that’s exactly what I’m gonna be.
No sooner did I feel this way, then I felt this prompting. (Psst…this is the thing I promised to tell you about)
I sensed the Lord asking me to write every verse I came to on a piece of paper.
Yup. Every. Single. One.
That was my reaction. I didn’t want to. It seemed crazy. I was very quickly trying to shove the idea away from me because of course God wouldn’t ask me to do that. I was probably just overreacting and it was just a silly thought I was having…and I should totally not do it.
Except for the part where I couldn’t shake the idea. So I did it. Reluctantly at first. But I did it.
And here it where you probably want me to say it brought some earth shattering revelation. I can’t. It didn’t happen. Not yet anyway. Here is what I wrote in my journal about Day 3.
“4/21/12. Day 3 of Daniel Fast. God challenged me to write out on paper each scripture I was seeing in the Tithing book. I did a chunk of them AND PRAYED.”
Day 3 came and went and no stars fell from the sky. No big answers to any questions…and I had plenty of those to toss around. And here is where I want to encourage you. Start small. Be ok with it. When someone tries to tell you it’s not enough…if it’s what God has prompted you heart to do…it is.
Accept the challenge.
To move forward in obedience even if what we are called to do seems insignificant.
How can I be so sure that’s a good idea?
Not because I can give you the answer as to what will happen. Only to encourage you that if God has called you to it, it’s enough to simply obey it.
So God called me to do the equivalent of “homework”. That’s the big (AKA…small) news I had to share with you tonight about what happened to me that day.
April 22, 2012. A day that changed my life forever.
Want a hint?
I was writing out more of the verses from that little tithing book. Because I was being obedient, right? Uh, candidly? NO. It was because I couldn’t sleep. What I really wanted that day was a nap. I remember it well. I was exhausted. What happened next woke me up. Not just that afternoon…but for the rest of my life.
I’ll share that moment with you on Day 4. (tomorrow)
To close tonight…I promised something. PSALMS 126 and 127. What I know about them today that I didn’t two years ago. I’ll leave that for you below.
I know this post has been a longer one. Thanks for hearing me out tonight. This journey is very special to me for a lot of reasons. What I hope is that something from within it is an encouragement to you.
Thanks for being here. It means more than you know.
Until tomorrow…when I share my “everything changed forever” moment.
PSALM 126 (The Message Version) was a great encouragement. It still is. I love the part that talks about “…those who went off with heavy hearts will come home…with armloads of blessing”.
What I didn’t know back then was how God was laying the groundwork for a revelation much larger than I ever could have imagined. It’s what he showed me the next day.
PSALM 127 (The Message Version) I am going to write out the beginning of it here. In bold. When you read tomorrow’s entry…come back and read this again. It will blow your mind. It will show you what it showed me…God is so very intentional with everything he does.
“If God doesn’t build the house, the builders only build shacks.”
Hang onto your seats…
It’s about to get really interesting.
See you tomorrow. 🙂