Has God ever told you, “The other one”? You have something in mind, and He’s thinking bigger?

Traveling home this weekend after a conference for writers and speakers called She Speaks, monster raindrops splattered my windshield as I returned my rental car. The sweetest ladies rushed me and my ridiculously heavy bags into the shuttle just as a drenching downpour descended from above. Thankful for their assistance, I plopped myself in a seat and detected the sweetest sound: music proclaiming the name of Jesus!

Is that even allowed? I wondered, thinking of the employment risk she might be taking.

Her courage blessed my soul.

Surveying the bills in my wallet, I thought, I’m going to give her a good tip!

I tucked a $10 in my back pocket.

“Not that one,” God said. “The other one.”

The big one.

I know – from God’s word and overwhelming encounters with His faithfulness – we simply cannot out give God. So I switched the bills and waited to disembark.

When the driver unloaded my bags at the terminal, I slipped the money into her hand and quietly said, “The Lord told me to give you this.” Glancing down, this precious woman, probably a foot taller than me, fell into my arms sobbing. I don’t know what cry of her heart God answered or what was going on in her life, but in that moment, I was the one most blessed.

Tears filled my eyes at the goodness of a God who pays attention to every detail of our daily need for Him: “God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:19). Those riches could be financial, but they might be the riches of His presence.

I encountered God – very real, very tangible – and He was my reward. He was enough.

But then He did the exceedingly, abundantly beyond (Ephesians 3:20). He took it farther, and I didn’t even see it coming.

Do you need God to take something farther in your life – your marriage, job, finances, friendships, ministry, healing, deliverance, parenting? Is there something you’re holding back from God?

Confess your disobedience. Confess your need. And give Him your obedience, because here’s the irrevocable, biblical truth: blessing always follows obedience.

We don’t obey to get, as if we’re slipping a quarter into a heavenly vending machine and selecting A2 for this or that blessing. But in God’s economy, He is always faithful when we obey.

In the most unexpected, unforeseen way, God returned my tip, “pressed down, shaken together, and running over” (Luke 6:38).

Join me Thursday for the farther of the story?

Lord, Your ways are unsearchable, and we stand in awe of You. Help us to hear and obey Your voice, bringing glory to Jesus Christ in all we do as we become more wholly Yours today.