Full Circle Blessings (part 1)

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Oh, the blessing of a blessing…of being cared for in a supernatural way or extending yourself to another.  It’s all worth it. No matter which end you’re on, God has a way of making it all worth while for all parties involved. Hence the term “full circle blessings.”

Full circle, is pretty self explanatory, you start at one point and all things come back around to where they began (in one way or another), but how does a blessing come full circle? That takes a bit more finesse. We don’t always get to see the path of a blessing, whether it’s something we’re giving away or receiving, sometimes we never know what happens, where it came from, or where it’s going. It’s like a breeze, softly caressing your skin while it moves past you. No one can see where it’s going, nor knows from whence it came. The most you can do is map it’s direction but you have no idea who the breeze will come in contact with nor whom it touches at the same time or even before it wisps around you. Aren’t blessings like that? At least, they have been for me. I feel keenly aware of them and I hope to never lose sight of their value, of how precious they are, of how much bigger they are than just me or my needs or my desire to “do good.”

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If you listen obediently to the Voice of God, your God, and heartily obey all his commandments that I command you today, God, your God, will place you on high, high above all the nations of the world. All these blessings will come down on you and spread out beyond you because you have responded to the Voice of God, your God:… Deuteronomy 28:1-2 MSG

A blessing starts with obedience. The Holy Spirit nudges someone to do something and they listen (even if not at first). It might take a couple of pokes, but that desire to indulge the voice of Christ penetrates the soul, and soon, that person obliges. A full circle blessing involves the obedience of more than one. Jesus, hearing the prayer one obedient soul, prompts someone else to grant their desire or aid in them in getting closer to it and that someone listens. He does as he’s prompted and unknowingly becomes the answer to someone else’s prayer.  Isn’t that beautiful! God can…and will use anyone! And I mean, ANYONE! These events affect everyone: the blesser, the blessee (I doubt this is a word, but we’re using it today;), and the spectators. No one is immune.

 Here is an example of a blessing coming full circle:

This past Spring, I hadn’t a job. I had been unemployed for more two years.  Sure, I’d had odd jobs and some sporadic “gigs” but no long term, viable sources of income. For a while, I’d spend all day job hunting but then my car went kaput, so that limited, even more, the type of job I could even search for. I couldn’t get anywhere, so what kind of job could I really get? Apart from writing, I had very few options and even less if we start talking about qualifications. I don’t have any, at least, by the worlds standards. Around this time, my friend was preparing to go to Ireland on a God-ordered mission to teach dance. I have to admit, I was a little jealous…though happy for her, part of my dream is to live abroad. Every time I thought the timing perfect, God would say: “Not yet.” (sigh). Nevertheless, he’d said “Now!” for her. She began the arduous task of fundraising. One of the ways she went about it was to ask for sponsors. If so many people sponsored her at $25 a month, she’d have her expenses taken care of for the duration of her stay.

I only wished I could help. If I couldn’t go, at least I could help someone else live out their dream, their purpose according to Christ. Alas, I could not. I had not a cent to contribute. I had my own bills that were hard-pressed to get paid on a monthly basis, there was no logical way for me to sponsor anyone for anything, no matter how bad I wanted to.

Then God stepped in.

 We humans keep brainstorming options and plans, but God’s purpose prevails. Proverbs 19:21 MSG

God has made us what we are, and in our union with Christ Jesus he had created us for a life of good deeds, which he has already prepared for us to do. Ephesians 2:10 GNT

 On a Saturday, the week before my friend was set to leave, God whispered to me:  “I want you to sponsor her.”

I’m sorry, what? He repeated the request. How in the heck was I supposed to do that! I couldn’t figure. I had no money in the bank, none under the mattress and no job. I was about six kinds of broke and behind on my bills. Twenty-five bucks may not seem like a lot to most but when you have no income, no job and no prospects, it’s plenty.

This was my conversation with God.

“Okay, God, but you’re going to have to take care of this. You know I don’t have anything. I don’t see how it’s possible.” I said. I didn’t fight him on it, but I was skeptical. “So, do I tell her?”

 “Yes, you can tell her.”

“Really?” (enter, I-don’t-know-if-that’s-a-good-idea face here)

 “Yes, really. Tell her.”

“Alright, but this one’s on you.”

 He chuckled.

The next day at church, the last time I’d see her before she headed to Ireland, I found her. We gushed about her leaving for a few moments before I blurted out that God had put it on my heart to sponsor her. I had to hurry up and say it before I lost my nerve. Needless to say, she was pretty happy about that but I didn’t walk up with a check, only the words.

Shelley Ireland

A couple of weeks later, I had a check for $25. I have no idea where it came from because I was still unemployed, carless and dependent on Jesus. He, however, was true to his word and provided what he’d promised. You’re probably thinking that every month after that, came a mysterious check for twenty-five dollars but you’re wrong. There was no check the next month.

 “Okay, Jesus, what are we doing?”

This is one of my most used phrases when talking to Christ. *Note: He doesn’t always answer. The following month, however, I was able to write a check for fifty dollars. Again, it may not seem like a lot but I needed every cent I could get but what we need more than money is Christ. He. Is. Everything.

 You prove to be loyal to one who is faithful; you prove to be trustworthy to one who is innocent. 2 Samuel 22:26 NET

 To the faithful you show yourself faithful; to those with interiority you show integrity. 2 Samuel 22:26 NLT 

Here’s the full circle part, some of which I can see, some of which I can’t.

My friend is doing a great work in Ireland. Whether the greatest results will be in her or the lives she touches, only God knows, but either way, I’m privy to that circle. I hear about how God is moving in that place, in the gifting he’s blessed her with. For me, Jesus did more than I imagined he would. I just wanted him to supply the support for her, make sure I had her sponsorship money every month but he did one…okay, a few, better. First, though I still can’t figure how, he slowly provided me with funds to get enough repairs on my motorcycle to put it (semi) safely back on the road. My car went to the junker but I still had this able vehicle that I owned and it was the perfect weather for riding. The following May, I interviewed for a job as a petsitter. Yeah, I know. It certainly wasn’t something I’d aspired to do but, hey. Sitting at Starbucks, one of the first things I talked to this woman about was my writing, she kept asking questions about it. That lasted about half of the interview and the rest, I suppose, we talked about the job, though I can’t quite remember. By the time we were wrapping up, I’d signed the necessary paperwork. She hired me on the spot! That was a Friday. I began that following Monday. Jesus accelerated me into the position. I didn’t go to orientation, she hadn’t even run my background check! He just green-lighted me the whole way through, skipping the “normal” protocol. Seriously.

I went from no vehicle, no job, to having transportation and job that, surprisingly, I love and still offers me the flexible freedom to write and do the other Jesus work he has for me. It’s incredible! All this from obeying one simple ask and trusting him to take care of it.

 Glory belongs to God, whose power is at work in us. By this power he can do infinitely more than we can ask or imagine. Ephesians 3:20 GW

There it is, friends. I, in obedience, blessed my friend. She, in obedience, blessed others and then God blessed me and I’m certain he’s blessing her too. All roads lead to Jesus…and so do the circles.

 ~Signed

The Obedient Orb

How have your blessings come full circle? Share with us in the comments section.

 

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