Last week, I got an email from my daughter's teacher about a parent's concern regarding their daughter needing to get a bracelet from my child that glows in the dark. The other little girl is hysterical cause her mom will not give her $5 and she is scared my child will run out of these bracelets. My first instinct when I read this was fear! Fear that I was creating waves, they always say don't rock the boat. I did not want to create any drama or even make my kids a target at their school because of these bracelets. The teacher asked me to email and explain to the mother what the bracelets are about. I was nervous and scared but let it go and gave it to God to handle. "The Lord will fight for you, and you have only to be silent." Exodus 14:14 was a verse God gave me weeks before that I have been clinging to tightly.
After my ladies bible study ended, I typed an email addressing the mothers concern. I apologized for creating the hysteria in her child. Explaining that my daughters took them to school to sell to teachers, staff, and close friends. Then told her I was going on a mission trip to Costa Rica in June. The bracelets were to be a reminder of prayer for those who purchase one. All of the money from bracelets goes back to the trip which we will be working on a church during the day and VBS at night to local children. I apologized one more time, prayed, then sent that email on it's way!
When I woke up the next morning, I had a bit of concern over that email, how would it be received, would she understand or would she persecute me. I thought this is the denying of Christ Jesus talks about. "And you will be hated by all for my name's sake. But the one who endures to the end will be saved" Matthew 10:22 We might not be accepted for what and who we believe in. We will be made fun of or things even worse. Then I thought we are to follow Jesus at all cost, because He is worth it! "Do not be afraid; keep on speaking, do not be silent." Acts 18:9
I let it go to God once more for good this time. (Some things are so hard for me to not try to take back from God once I give it to Him.) The response back was received by that mother and she wished me luck on my mission. My ladies bible study the night before spoke on when we get divine anointing, we can expect big things from the results even if they are small in our eyes. These bracelets are small in cost but the big results that will come from them, through others money used to purchase them and the prayer that will come from them will be HUGE. Like Jonah's speech from God to Nineveh. Jonah said to the whole city "40 days from now, Nineveh will be destroyed." That's all he said, those few words! But those small words had God's anointing on them and it sparked one of the biggest revivals in history. That's a really overwhelming thought to just how great our God is and to how if we were only more willing and obedient to obey Christ!
I sometimes use my Bible app so that I can flip to different versions of the same verse easily. As I was waiting for the app to open, I began thinking how that mom probably thinks I'm some crazy fanatic or worried she might be passing judgement on me or my kids. I looked down to the app now open and the verse for the day read...
"Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness for theirs is the kingdom of heaven." Matthew 5:10
I burst into tears because in that moment I felt His great love for me and for all people. My reassurance from my heavenly father! Thank you Jesus!