The Domino Effect

Years ago I started to replace the countertop in my kitchen. By the end of the month the countertop was new. So was the sink, the faucets. The over-the range-hood. The stove top. The backsplash. The dishwasher. The built in oven. One project led to another. I often think of that countertop when I’m met with other projects that looked simple from the start and ended up huge.

A project that I’ve been working on for 3 years now is about to see daylight. Its been met with obstacles in various forms that at different times I wondered if it would really happen. I often questioned, asking God to shut the door with finality if this was not the way to go. Never getting a “no”, I trudged onward, battling the monsters along the way.

The interesting thing about the project is that as it has unfolded, a bit different than the original plan, I’ve adjusted to keep it moving properly. After all, my ways are not HIS ways. That’s okay!

The project: Getting the HysterSisters’ booklet: “What 100,000 Women Know about Hysterectomy” into patients hands and doctors’ offices.

Sounds reasonable until the project adjusts and distribution lands in my hands.

Just where does a person store 50,000 booklets? How about 75,000? 12-20 pallets stacked with boxes?

Panic had begun to set in. I was on the hunt for new offices with adequate storage for this project and another few “in the works”. And exactly how was I going to distribute these wonderful gems of information for women?

Taking counsel with wise ones, I discovered that I did have a brilliant idea for distribution that will allow our members to participate while they share the booklets with their own doctors. Activating 130,000 members is not only do-able, but the best form of distribution.

I was still left with the uncertainty of storage.

I had no business worrying. God went before me. In various ways. In ALL ways.

The printers offered storage free. “We will bring you what you need while we store the rest. Give us a call and we will make another trip, delivering another pallet or two.”

Grateful. Relief.

But where would I put 1 pallet (or two?) while we packaged and mailed in our small two room offices?

God’s provision, once again. As I was looking for bigger offices, I mentioned to my landlord that I’d be looking for more space because of the storage needs of the booklets and the store packaging needs I was having. The landlord offered an additional space in the building, across the hall from my current offices (without charge!) if I would stay another 3 years.

I’m overwhelmed tonight as I consider the ways that God has blessed me and this project. Even though I struggled to get the project moving in the beginning, God’s fingerprints are obviously all over it from start to finish.

Next week I should be calling the printer, uploading the final files, and tell him, “We are ready! SET! GO!” A few weeks later I expect the truck to pull up to unload into my extra office space.

God’s goodness and generosity is all over this. And I’m overwhelmed at his love. God’s love domino-ed all over me!

Psalm 136

1 Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good.
His love endures forever.

2 Give thanks to the God of gods.
His love endures forever.

3 Give thanks to the Lord of lords:
His love endures forever.

4 to him who alone does great wonders,
His love endures forever.

5 who by his understanding made the heavens,
His love endures forever.

6 who spread out the earth upon the waters,
His love endures forever.

7 who made the great lights—
His love endures forever.

8 the sun to govern the day,
His love endures forever.

9 the moon and stars to govern the night;
His love endures forever.

10 to him who struck down the firstborn of Egypt
His love endures forever.

11 and brought Israel out from among them
His love endures forever.

12 with a mighty hand and outstretched arm;
His love endures forever.

13 to him who divided the Red Sea [a] asunder
His love endures forever.

14 and brought Israel through the midst of it,
His love endures forever.

15 but swept Pharaoh and his army into the Red Sea;
His love endures forever.

16 to him who led his people through the desert,
His love endures forever.

17 who struck down great kings,
His love endures forever.

18 and killed mighty kings—
His love endures forever.

19 Sihon king of the Amorites
His love endures forever.

20 and Og king of Bashan—
His love endures forever.

21 and gave their land as an inheritance,
His love endures forever.

22 an inheritance to his servant Israel;
His love endures forever.

23 to the One who remembered us in our low estate
His love endures forever.

24 and freed us from our enemies,
His love endures forever.

25 and who gives food to every creature.
His love endures forever.

26 Give thanks to the God of heaven.
His love endures forever.