A TIMELY GIFT2The handwritten note reads, “I’m really sorry, I don’t have money to give to God’s church. Please accept my watch as I want to offer it to God as my thankfulness.”

The words are written on the back of an offering envelope. The person’s name was on the front.2015-05-19 09.30.27

The Gift and the Giver

The envelope was unopened and carefully sealed. I had the impression I was holding a priceless treasure.

Inside the envelope was a woman’s watch. It was a “Citizen” brand, “Eco-Drive,” well worn. No numbers on the watch face – just lines.

The watch reminded me of one my mother wore.

The giver noted – “no batteries needed as it is a windup watch.” It kept perfect time.

Feels Like Home

I snap my own watch imagining the giver, Sunday morning snapping the watchband secure on her wrist like she had done countless times before, letting her know how close to being on time for church she would be. Arriving at North Pointe like many Sundays before. Our facility feels like “home” to her.

I wonder when during the gathering for worship she felt impressed to give an offering to God. What to give? No money. I visualize her asking a question: “What should I do, Lord?”

“I could give this,” slipping the timepiece off of her wrist– adding a quick, heartfelt note, sealing the envelope, and gently placing it in the offering plate. “That’s for you, Lord.”

I snap my watch again, and in wonderment am inspired.

The Providential Gift of a Watch

How timely of a gift.

That very morning, in our pastoral staff meeting, we had talked about our vision for the future. We felt impressed that there would be 100’s more children, teens and adults becoming a part of God’s kingdom at North Pointe.

There would be a greater demand for resources to facilitate that need. Where would those resources come from? Could we trust God to prompt people to give in a greater way?

The gift of a timepiece was providential. It was a “God wink” – a reminder that He knows what we need, when we need it and how to provide for the need.

I have a feeling the watch can be the leading edge of something very special.

NOTE: In response to reading this story an anonymous donor gave $250 to “buy” the watch and return it to the giver.

APPLICATION: Have you felt prompted to do something or give something special to God? What did you do? Please leave a comment below.

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Bob Jones

Author Bob Jones

Pastor at North Pointe Community Church for 27 years. Happily married to Jocelyn for 38 years. We have two adult sons, Cory and his wife Lynsey and their son Vinnie; Jean Marc and his wife Angie and their three gorgeous daughters, Quinn, Lena and Annora. I love being a pastor and inspiring faith in Jesus through communicating, blogging, counseling and coaching. I enjoy running, reading, writing and ball hockey. Fan of the Esks and Pats. Follow me on Twitter @bobjones49ers

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