Thursday, November 13, 2014
Pack and Burn
A few days ago I thought I was nearly done with packing Operation Christmas Child boxes at home. I love to put a few tool kit boxes together every year, and this year I got most of the tools for free at Harbor Freight. When I got them assembled my total for home packing was at 555 boxes, and my items were just about gone.
Then on Monday I went to Walmart and found over 400 cute small notebooks and 38 pairs of adorable sandals.
Then I stopped at a local thrift store and chose 120 stuffed animals. I waited in line to pay for them (they usually sell them to me for .10 each) and the cashier ended up giving them to me at no charge. Hmm--I could see more shoe boxes in my future.
On Tuesday afternoon a kind woman stopped by with two bags of pristine Webkins.
And, so, the packing continued...
By late afternoon yesterday I was at 667 boxes when I ran out of crayons and toothbrushes. We were going to church for an all-church worship night last night, so I took a flashlight with me and my husband and I ventured into that dark storage container and dragged out more crayons, paper, toothbrushes, water bottles, and some baseball hats.
During one portion of worship last night we kept singing over and over and over and over again the phrase "Our hearts burn for You" or maybe it was "My heart burns for You"--I can't really recall even though we sang it so many times.
The entire time I kept asking God if this was really true in my life. Does my heart burn for You, Lord? I want it to. I am praying that it will. I don't want my life to be so caught up in even something as good as packing Operation Christmas Child boxes that I don't love Him as I should.
I am trusting the promise in Philippians 1:6 that "He who began a good work in you (me) will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus."
Meanwhile, here's what I woke up to this morning.
It's a perfect day for this retiree to snuggle in and pack shoe boxes...and pray for my heart to burn.
Posted by Kathy Schriefer at 4:53 AM