Giving Your Nothing

The other day, I was filling up my car with gas and I decided to put in my new winter windshield wiper fluid as well. I was going back and forth between my trunk and my hood, and for a while I couldn’t get my hood open. About three minutes into the whole process, a lady walks up to me.

“I don’t know much about cars at all,” she says, “but do you need some help? I just didn’t know if maybe it had broken down on you or something like that.”

I assured her that all was well and thanked her. She smiled and went back to her car. But that got me thinking.

How often do we give our nothing?

It reminded me of the story told in the Bible about the widow that offered her two pennies, and how that was worth more than all the treasures the others had brought. Jesus says this is because “…they all contributed out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty put in all she had to live on” (Luke 21:4).

Do we do that? Do we offer up to God all that we’ve got, even when it might not amount to much? I think too often we get caught up in the lie that we need to be proficient in something before we can give it to God to use. We think that we have to be good at something so that we can be used by God, that we have to bring something to the table. The world is full of give-and-take, of  “What can you do for me?”. But God doesn’t work that way. We don’t have to bring anything at all-quite the opposite, we can bring nothing but a willing spirit and God can change the world.

Now, I am not downplaying the skills we have been given. They are useful and important and helpful. But I can’t help but wonder how many opportunities, how many God-moments we miss because we think we have nothing to give the situation. Maybe, like this woman, that’s exactly what we are supposed to do. Bring our nothing and watch God turn it into something beautiful.