I was in disbelief. Did I just stand up and pledge $2,000 to help build our new church?
My inner voice was screaming…
“Are you crazy? Did you just stand up in front of all these people and say you’d give $2,000? You know that you can’t sit back down, people are watching you. You do know that you just made a vow to God and He doesn’t take vows lightly.”
I felt faintish, but I couldn’t turn back now. Over the past year, I sowed a seed here and there. My balance owed was $1,400.
That spring, I received my tax return and knew I had to fulfill my promise. I wrote out a check for the remaining balance.
During Sunday service, I slipped the check into an envelope. I took it back out…put it back inside…then took it back out. Finally, I put it back inside and quickly sealed it. I felt nauseous. Did you REALLY put $1,400 DOLLARS into the offering? I prayed and released my feeling to God.
Two weeks later…I received a letter from my first mortgage company. Immediately I began ranting, “I don’t owe you a dime”! (If only I’d read the entire letter first). After my tirade, I unfolded the entire letter, and to my astonishment was a check attached for $1,000. I was in total awe! I ran through the house screaming to the top of my lungs. My poor Mom thought I was in some sort of distress, but I was far from it. Stunned was more like it.
Months earlier…I refinanced my mortgage with another company. Unbeknownst to me, I had money in my escrow account. When the refinancing took place, I was owed a refund. I’d sown a $1,400 seed and God gave me back nearly every cent sown. That experience was the beginning of my “awe” moments. The Bible tells us in Malachi 3:10…
“Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,” says the Lord Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it”.