I’m a pretty typical person. Ordinary, really. I’m averagely intelligent and a good listener, but, as for skills, you know, the kind that make people clap, I’ve never had any of those. I don’t make fancy meals, I can’t set a gorgeous table, I’m a mediocre singer, I have art skills that are just slightly better than my 5 year olds, and I’m about as athletic as a fish on land. There have been many days that I’ve wished for a talent…to be that concert pianist or the person that can stop a crowd with my powerful words.
I guess that is one of the reasons that I’ve always loved the verse in I Corinthians that says “But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong.” I have always loved the stories of Moses, who stuttered, and, yet, God used his words to set the Israelites free. I love that barren Abraham became the father of a great nation. I love that God used Rahab, the prostitute, to save His people, and common fishermen to become his closest friends and disciples. Our God sees differently than we do. He values things that are unseen and uses ordinary things to do great things, so that there is no doubt who has done the work.
Over the last 7 years my heart has become deeply entrenched in the needs of foster children, with hurting children in my community. Foster care has become part of my identity, and, although we have fostered 10 children and adopted 2 precious girls, my heart aches to do more. Unfortunately, our 3 bedroom home and 7 passenger van requires that our 4, sometimes 5, children be all that we can handle at this time, but that doesn’t take away that longing for more. So, this year I have worked on using my timid voice more as an advocate. I have had several opportunities to speak or write to bring awareness for the need for more foster and adoptive families, and I am a cheerleader for our small church to become a BIG part of what God does for the children of our community, particularly in regards to raising money for the Walk for the Waiting.
Last year, Grace Church, our small 150 member church, set a goal of raising $4000 for the Walk for the Waiting, but my expectation was to come no where close to that goal. I was astounded as I saw money flood in, and we surpassed that goal. I was in awe of how God used a small group of people to do such a big thing! This year, I set our goal at $5,000, and this morning, with just 5 days left until our walk, we crossed the $2,000 mark. I thought that that was a lot for our small group, and I was excited to see so much money going towards organizations that were working together to end the waiting of thousands of foster kids in our community. I didn’t think we’d come close to the lofty goal that we set, but I was happy with every dollar raised for the Walk.
And, yet, once again God has decided to use ordinary people to do extraordinary things. At 4:29 PM I got an update from the WFTW saying that our goal had been reached. I KNEW it was a mistake. I looked again, and we had received a $10,000 donation from Cornerstone Pharmacy, a locally owned Christian pharmacy. Precious friends of ours own this pharmacy, and, though it is a profitable business, I have always seen their work as part ministry. Their Pharmacists and employees both befriend and care for the needs of their patients in a way that mimics Christ. It is a place where people enjoy being, because you can truly feel the love that exists there. Cornerstone is a business that sees the needs of the people they work with far above and beyond the profit that they bring in, and they care deeply for the Foster children of Arkansas.
I was able to call our friends and thank them for the gift, and they said that they wanted to give $1,000 for every child that has lived in our home. I feel inadequate for such a precious gift. I feel like I do not deserve to be the conduit through which this money reaches these precious waiting kids, but God delights in using the ordinary to do His extraordinary work. He loves to do the things we see as impossible, so that we see that all things are possible with Him. He loves to overwhelm us when we are pursuing the things that He loves. God is good.
Thank you, Cornerstone Pharmacy, for being the hands and feet of Christ to little ones in Arkansas. Thank you for your love for the least of these, and thank you for choosing me to be the conduit of God’s extraordinary work!
If you want a part of this great fun, sign up to walk with me on Saturday or donate to my team! We’ve reached our goal, but the Walk still has about $100,000 to raise to meet its goal. http://www.walkforthewaiting.org/theHurlburts