Just in Time: Stories of God's Extravagance by Lynn A. Miller

By Lynn A. Miller

Lynn A. Miller tells of what occurs once we open our hearts, wallets, schedules, companies or houses to others--revealing the enjoyment of "first-fruits dwelling" during which we supply the simplest of what God has provided us again to God. those relocating and infrequently hilarious real tales convey the relationship among God's stewardship and actual humans doing genuine issues.

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Three or four kinds of shrimp. Lobster tail, fresh fish, and several dishes I had never heard of before. 95 special. 95. Considering the supply of seafood in the middle of Oklahoma, it was probably worth every penny. I did consider partaking, but I also considered that I would be spending the next three or four hours sitting in an airplane. To preserve my intestinal comfort, I ordered the fruit plate. But the sight of my fruit plate was a source of no small internal conflict for some people. A number of those who had decided to have the seafood buffet felt it necessary to explain to me that although they were having that most sumptuous seafood feast, they really weren't enjoying it.

Such was the case during a winter 19931994 visit to India. My assignment was to evaluate replacement housing relief efforts following such natural disasters as flood or fire. But it was one of those ''Oh, by the way" things that really made the trip worthwhile. When I arrived in Calcutta, we discussed what I would do. " After recovering from surprise, I planned those seven hours. I decided to spend five sessions on first-fruits stewardship and the last two hours asking them Page 56 to define for themselves the firstfruits of the gospel for India.

In fact, the more I listen, the more voices I hear indicating that some of us would like to do it differently. For example, in Milford, Nebraska, three farmers came to me after an evening meeting and asked why they couldn't put the scale ticket from the first truckload of Page 37 corn harvested that fall into the offering plate. The corn wouldn't be sold until next spring when the prices are better, but they wanted to give the grain itself to the Lord immediately. Their goals were both to celebrate the harvest and to return to God the first of it.

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