Care packages have their origin in CARE, an organization which was founded in 1945 to help restore nations battered by the Second World War. CARE sent millions of packages to war-torn Europe with urgent supplies like food, clothing, and medications as well as books, toys and recreational items. The goal was to make the recipient’s life a little more pleasant by providing both vital necessities and comfort, along with a kind word from home.
Our granddaughter recently decided that for her birthday instead of her friends bringing her birthday gifts, she would ask them to bring items to send in care packages for those serving in the military. She received enough items to send several care packages and one of the soldiers who received one of those packages even paid her a personal visit to say thank you when he was home on leave. Our grand-daughter is a sweet, compassionate, unselfish young girl who has a heart for the Lord and others. (Yes, grandmothers know no shame and will use any excuse to talk about their grandchildren!)
Care packages come in all sizes and shapes and may include an array of items. They may be sent to a variety of recipients including the military, hospital patients, college students, the needy and even missionaries to name a few.
Have you ever been the recipient of a care package? I have, and it changed by life!
It was a beautiful Spring day with blue skies and sunshine. The birds were singing, but as I walked down the courthouse steps, the only sound I heard were the words ringing in my ears – the divorce is final. As I approached my car the tears welled up in my eyes and by the time I closed the door they were running down my face. As I sat sobbing, the world around me went on as usual. I looked up at those blue skies and cried, “God, my world is falling apart. Do you care? Does anyone care?”
When there were no more tears, I tried to compose myself, fixed my makeup and returned to work. That afternoon when I got home I stopped by the mailbox where I found a card with handwriting and a return address that I didn’t recognize. I opened the card and this is what it said. “Dear Kay, I don’t know you very well or what is going on in your life right now, but, I have been impressed to pray for you this week. I just want you to know that God cares and so do I. In Him – Jane.”
I was the recipient of a care package from God! He knew what I would be facing on that specific day and what I would need to hear – that He cared. Jane was sensitive to the Holy Spirit who impressed her to write exactly what I needed to hear in exactly the time frame that it needed to arrive. It was a God thing!
I had read 1 Peter 5:7 many times and understood it on an intellectual level. However, on that day those words moved from my head to my heart and I now had heart knowledge – the great God of the universe cared about me!
The Merriam-Webster dictionary definition for care package states “A package of useful or enjoyable items that is sent or given as a gift to someone who is away from home.” How appropriate! This world is not our home – heaven is. God desires to send us care packages to encourage us on our journey.
Truth to Claim: God cares for you.
Application: Anticipate receiving care packages from God. Allow God to use you to provide a care package for someone else.
Solo Deo Gloria