Specifically II Chronicles 8:12
King Solomon gave the Queen of Sheba all she desired and asked for; he gave her more than she had brought to him. Then she left and returned with her retinue to her own country.Recently, our family was blessed to travel to Haiti with a group ofwonderful servants from our church. We were all there to help run medicalclinics around Port- au- Prince. We brought pills, lotions, bandages andour collective medical “expertise.” Each day we loaded the above andourselves on school busses (the modern day version of the camel caravan!)and headed out to share our wealth and wisdom. However, just like theQueen of Sheba, we were given more than we had brought. We received joy,patience, gratitude, sacrifice, humility, and kindness in exchange forTylenol, Vagisil, band aids, and deworming medication. As a bonus, we alsocame home with new friends and a new perspective.
Sometimes I struggle finding relevance in these Old Testament readings.All the lists of names, places, gold, horses, chariots, jewels, etc. areeasy to skip over. I am reminded, however, that this is often the wayI count my own blessings. I am ashamed that it takes a visit to anothercountry to appreciate the other gifts God is constantly supplying inabundance!