It started with a move. We came up with every excuse to stay where we were, but our Father cleared it all away. He urged us forward and we stepped out in faith. Not only did our space and visibility increase, so did our expenses. Bills came due and of course there wasn’t enough money to cover the cost. We owed a whopping $30,000 US dollars, we had $4,000. We prayed. Others prayed. Some presented our needs stateside to help raise funds. A small amount of money came in but we were still short, by a lot.
The time came to meet with our landlord and we were unsure what would happen. Our landlord is not a believer, but our Father has placed a heart in him that desires our success. There’s no other way to explain it. This man knows business. He has booming enterprises all over this land. Our business isn’t adding to his wealth. We don’t serve alcohol and it is a smoke free zone. Those two elements, alone, keep away some customers and our landlord knows this. We are a family friendly, western restaurant. Small, unimportant by man’s estimation. Yet, this one person has chosen to invest in us. He fought for us to move into the new place and help fund the renovation.
David went into the meeting hoping to make a deal, get more time. But the landlord spoke first. He recognized business was slow and assumed our debt to him was a burden. He cut the amount owed down to about $24,000. As incredibly gracious as that was, we still didn’t have the money. But, the landlord wasn’t finished. He offered to accept half of the payment now (which happened to be the exact amount we had on hand) and the other half in six months. And if that wasn’t enough, he volunteered to cut down next years fees if business did not pick up for us.
In the big scheme of things, one small restaurant in NE Asia isn’t that big of a deal. Why should the Creator of the Universe be concerned with something so insignificant? Why would He move the heart of a prominent citizen to help us when that same man is receiving nothing in return? Why would He stir hearts across the ocean to give money to a restaurant in which they will never eat?
I am convinced this has little to do with us, with me. We’ve done nothing extraordinary. It is all about an up close and personal God who is concerned about the needs, great and small, of His children.
All around me, I see His incredible works and I’m once again overwhelmed by my Father’s great love towards me. I am unworthy and yet He freely gives. The Architect of the world concerned about the design and function of my life. In all His greatness, He still cares for me. Not only does He care for me, but He longs for a relationship with me. He wants to be a part of my life and His love continually pursues me. It is humbling and awesome at the same time.
I love how David proclaimed it in Psalm 8.
When I consider Thy heavens, the work of Thy fingers,
The moon and the stars, which Thou hast ordained;
What is man, that Thou dost take thought of him?
And the son of man, that Thou dost care for him?
Yet Thou has made him a little lower than God,
And dost crown him with glory and majesty!
Thou dost make him to rule over the works of Thy hands;
Thou hast put all things under his feet,
All sheep and oxen,
And also the beasts of the field,
The birds of the heavens, and the fish of the sea,
Whatever passes through the paths of the seas.
O Lord, our Lord
How majestic is Thy name in all the earth!
I hope this week, you will consider who He is and what He has done and is still doing in, through, and around you. Look beyond your emotions, beyond your circumstances, and know that NOTHING can separate us from the love of God. (Rom. 8:38-39) My prayer is that you, too, will understand what it means to be overwhelmed by His great love.