One day, several years ago, as I was walking out of the mall, a cart ran over my big toe and ripped the nail out of the skin.
Yes, it was as painful as it sounds.
The delivery man rolling the silver storage unit on wheels was apparently headed into the department store I’d just left. He was responsible for transporting a large number of boxes containing merchandise. They were stacked so high, the packages obscured his vision.
Though I have never been tall, even had I been above average height, there is no way he could have seen me, but he most certainly heard me.
“Ow!” I cried out involuntarily, grabbing my right foot. Though I wanted to be strong, especially in a public place, tears instantly and uncontrollably flowed from my eyes. The stinging, burning, aching sensation was too overwhelming.
He looked mortified when he realized what he had done. I was embarrassed by my own tearful response. Yet, the agony that accident caused was excruciating.
Though I told him it was okay, that statement was nullified by my inability to walk. I had to be helped inside the store. Once I sat down in a chair, a manager rushed over to me. We removed my shoe and noticed my foot was a bloody, butchered mess. Concerned, the store boss questioned me about what had occurred.
Before I knew it, I was whisked away to a back office, where I had to fill out paperwork and promise to report back to them once I went to see a doctor.
I truly didn’t want to make a big deal out of it, but I consented.
When I went to have the injury looked at, it was pretty nasty. The doctor had to perform minor outpatient surgery. I was told to stay off my foot for about a week, given some pain meds and extra dressing to change the bandages daily.
I was messed up.
Well, after a couple weeks, I felt good as new. It took a while for the nail to grow back in, but at least it was no longer throbbing. That’s all that mattered to me.
A few months later, I was opening the mail and noticed an envelope from an unfamiliar sender. When I looked inside, there was a check, compensating me for my medical expenses, along with a few extra dollars for my trouble. I had forgotten all about the medical report I had submitted to the retailer. It felt good to get that unexpected financial payment as an acknowledgment of the suffering I had endured.
It didn’t come right away. But when it did, it was a blessing to me and my family.
I believe a blessing is going to come to you and your family as well.
In life, you have been hurt along the way. You have gone through things unexpectedly and have suffered through difficult seasons. But the good news is God is going to pay you back. Your struggle was not all in vain and it certainly didn’t go unnoticed.
God has heard your cries, seen your tears and evaluated your circumstances. He knows very well what you have been dealing with and has no plans to overlook your distress. When you least expect it, He is going to repay you.
If you have committed your life to serving the Lord, His compensation plan is amazing. You will be rewarded!
In Matthew 19:29 Jesus assured His disciple Peter that anyone who sacrificed to follow Him, "will receive a hundred times as much in return and will inherit eternal life."
In the following chapter, He likened the Kingdom of Heaven to a landowner who hired workers (See Matthew 20:1-16).
Some were hired at 9 am, 3 pm and 5pm. Then, at the end of the day, the employer called in those who were hired last to be paid first and he gave them the same amount as the employees who had been toiling all day long.
According to verse 12, the ones who started their workday in the morning were not happy about this payment arrangement and complained to the landowner, "Those people worked only one hour, and yet you’ve paid them just as much as you paid us who worked all day in the scorching heat."
But the landowner, who is God in the parable, explained that he could do whatever he wanted with his money. He also said in verse 16, “So those who are last now will be first then, and those who are first will be last.”
Friend, God loves extending salvation, grace, blessings and favor to those who are viewed as last and less-than. He compensates the ones that others so often view as inferior and unworthy. In His Kingdom, God does exactly what He wants to do. He saves, sets free and showers His abundance upon whomever He pleases.
He compensates the faithful.
That's why you can rejoice in knowing that your service to the Lord, faithfulness in affliction and devotion to the things of God has not gone unnoticed. Your labor is not in vain. The tears you have cried, the rejection you've endured, the pain you have felt as you've been walking with the Lord, hasn't been neglected or discounted.
Just as the landowner promised the workers that he would "pay them whatever was right" in Matthew 20:4, know that God will do the same for you.
You may have been done wrong, but He'll pay you whatever is right. So prepare to be compensated!
And here's what I love about the Lord. He has a way of giving you over and above what you thought you'd receive. His blessings will far exceed what you deserve or could ever earn. His abundant grace and favor will overtake and overwhelm you, not because you are good, but because He is.
To encourage you to expect great blessings, I feel led to stir Isaiah 61:7 NIV into your cup of inspiration. It says, “Instead of your shame you will receive a double portion, and instead of disgrace you will rejoice in your inheritance. And so you will inherit a double portion in your land, and everlasting joy will be yours.”
When you drink down the contents of your cup, you will be reminded to live in a state of expectancy.
For someone reading today, this post is prophetic. God is getting ready to turn some things around in your life, loose some things that have been held up and renew some things that have been dead and dried up.
Get ready for it.
Unexpected compensation, restoration and deliverance is coming to you and your family.
I may not know you and although I am not there physically, I agree with you in the Spirit for it today.
Now let’s pray.
God, thank You for seeing me, caring for me and blessing me in ways I don't even expect or deserve. I praise You that Your rewards are far better than I could ever think of or imagine. As I continue to serve You, I will also cling to Your promise that whatever is right, You will pay. And I will receive whatever You give me according to Your will with a glad heart. Thank You Lord. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
As always, thanks for reading and until next time... may today's cup of inspiration uplift, encourage, and empower you!
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