As I was doing my Bible reading on Tuesday morning I began to think about the fact that the truck wasn't pulled yet and that some boxes were still being delivered from an outlying relay center that morning. Then I thought about some extra shoe box items that had just been donated. Then I decided to get up and try to fill some more boxes.
I had a half hour before I had to leave for school so I had to move quickly. I started with 9 boxes and then decided to do 4 more. And, of course, I had just enough of everything. Every item I had was used to pack into those boxes.
This year, more than any I can remember in recent history, I feel like I "left it all on the field" when it came to packing boxes. Every box that could have been made by Tuesday morning was made. We have lots of paddleball games and pencils left in the container but that's about it, and for that I'm grateful.
I dropped those 13 boxes outside the collection center on my way to work on Tuesday morning. One of those "drop and run" folks you hate.
It was Wednesday before I got our final total this week. And the final total is--
We prayed all year for 45,000 and God gave us 47,604. Just because He can. This is 7,228 more than last year and a 17.5% increase.
I had some family obligations this year that kept me from giving OCC my full attention. I don't know if I did all I could have or should have this year in leading our team.
But this I know.
God is good. God answers prayer. God can use us in spite of ourselves.
No luck needed.