I’d opened the McLaughlin New Life Center, a book depository, a few days ago. Pastor April needed a few boxes of Bibles and other teaching materials for a leadership workshop he was conducting in conjunction with a few other area churches. The Bibles are shipped from America and distributed free of charge to those who don’t have one or can’t afford one. Pastor April brought a small pick-up and a young man from Malawi to help load.
Bro Jeremiah had only been in South Africa for about six months. Two weeks ago, he accepted Christ as his Savior and was immersed. He was a happy man, willing and able to do anything as a part of his Christian service. I chatted to him — he is a Chichewe — and he taught me to say hello in his home language. I asked if he had a Bible now that he was a new Christian — he shook his head that he didn’t. (This is a common problem — churches don’t have the funds to pass out Bibles when they’re needed the most.) I gave him a brand new NIV leather bound Bible from one of the boxes. He was delighted.
Then, he noticed an odd item near the door of the loading bay. It was an old unicycle, a little rusted, with a broken seat and one pedal. It had a solid tire and was sturdy. Jeremiah was fascinated. I asked if he knew what it was — he said he had one in Malawi for awhile but it was gone. I give him the unicycle and he was overjoyed! He couldn’t believe that he now had a gift of the Word for his personal study but also, a gift of joy for his happiness!! He sat in the back of the pick-up as it drove away, clutching his Bible in one hand and the unicycle in the other.
We often just think of our problems, worries and trials. We pray constantly for answers to these. But isn’t there room for God to bless us, just because? Just for our happiness?
I believe He does! Don’t you?