I have gotten a good picture of how God pours out His grace this past week. Grace is never measured. It is poured abundantly.
Here is how it happened: I recieved a package from Amazon last week. I thought, "I didn't order anything from Amazon, did I?" I sometimes forget what is supposed to be coming. However, I was pretty sure I didn't order anything. Being around Christmas, I thought, "Maybe Jeanna ordered a book for me." Inside the package I found "Glorious Freedom" by Richard Sibbes. When I looked at the billing address it had my good friend Mark Gibson's name and address. I thought, "Wow," Mark is such a thoughtful and kind friend. He continues to stock my libray from 1200 miles away. So, I did what every grateful friend does when they recieve a gift: I wrote a thank you note to him telling him how suprised I was to recieve "Glorious Freedom."
Then, two days later I get another mystery Amazon box. Again, I thought, "I didn't order anything from Amazon, did I?" Inside, I found "Practical Religion" by JC Ryle AND "The Sinfulness of Sin" by Ralph Venning. "No Way," I exclaimed. Mark has given me three books! He is way too kind. So, I sent him an e-mail telling him I was sorry for sending the thank you note too early. I am thankful for all three books, not just the first one.
Then, today, yet another mystery Amazon box arrived. This time, I said, "Not again, Mark." Yep, this time the box contained Baxter's "Dying Thoughts." Talk about Grace. Mark knows how to reflect the character of God in his gifts.
I am thankful for these books and the picture of the gospel they represent. Lord, give me a generous heart and generous hands for the sake of your gospel!
Thanks, Mark. Can't wait to eat some more cheese trays with you in California.