"Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,’ says the Lord of hosts....For who has despised the day of small things?" Zachariah 4:6,10
On Sabbath April 30, our district converged on Junction City for our 3rd Ministry Sabbath. The focus for the day was drawn from the prophet Zachariah's words to Zerrubbabel as he faced the seemingly insurmountable obstacle of building the Temple of the Lord when the task was greater than their ability to accomplish it. God's promise to them was "Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit." In the face of insufficient human power God declared, "who has despised the day of small things?" We went forward claiming God's power to do a much bigger work than we were capable of.
In spite of threatening weather reports and forbidding skies, God did a miracle for us and we had no storms and even sunshine for most of the day. More than 80 people from around the district gathered together to share the love of God with the people of Junction City. Members distributed 400 loaves of bread to people in the neighborhood surrounding the church and also the residents of 5 different apartment complexes largely occupied by military families. In the course of prayers and conversations several in the neighborhood expressed interest in attending the church. Members also went out and took homemade and hand packaged cookies along with certificates of appreciation to the Grandview Plaza Police, Fire Department and City Hall, the Junction City Police Department, both Fire Stations, Post Office, public library, hospital and the Geary County Sheriff's department. Additionally, members put on a spiritual program for the residents of the Valley View Senior Living Center visiting and singing with residents and workers, while those around the district who found it difficult to get out put together cards and other materials for our prison ministry.
In the course of sharing during the potluck, I heard so many stories about how God had used the small acts of kindness that we did that day to make a powerful spiritual impact on both ourselves and those we served. "Who has despised the day of small things" indeed, God used simple gifts and warm hearts to touch lives that would otherwise have been left without a powerful evidence of God's love for them. We have once again been confronted with the powerful truth that "it is not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit, says the Lord of hosts." It draws powerfully to my mind the reality that God is able to do so much more than we can imagine when His people prayerfully seek His face and step out in faith to see Him work. I hope that each of you will join me in praying that God will use each of us, every day to touch lives that would otherwise be lacking a powerful evidence of God's love for them.