Emily Belle Freeman
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THIS IS MY JOY

AND MY GREAT REJOICING

A Pound of Butter

Exodus 33:13 - Exodus 37:10

I have to admit that the first time I read the word wise hearted I was immediately intrigued.  I wanted to know more about that.  I prayed that the Lord would teach my heart that principle ––I really wanted to understand.

The Lord has this way of teaching us that I am slowly coming to recognize.  It requires prayer.  It requires scripture study.  It requires each of us to act on promptings in behalf of another.

Today the Lord has taught my heart.

The lesson was contained in a pound of butter.

As crazy as it seems, that pound of butter taught me what it means to be wise hearted.

Perhaps you wouldn’t mind if I shared the learning with you.

Last night I had the opportunity to discuss sacred topics with a group of women.  We spoke of hope, trust, faith, optimism, and prosperity.   As the topic turned to prosperity one of the women asked, “What is prosperity?  What does it mean in your life?”  I said the first thing that came to mind, “Prosperity is when you go to the grocery store and you don’t have to spend time looking at the price of every brand of butter to find the cheapest one.”

That might have been a trivial description, but each of us could relate to having financial burdens.  We spoke of all the things we would focus on if money, and professions, and expenses didn’t have to occupy so much of our minds.

This morning I felt like having warm bread and butter for breakfast.  I pulled out the bread and then opened the fridge only to realize I was completely out of butter.  I couldn’t help but be reminded of our conversation the night before.

I put butter on my list of things to do.

Within the hour someone knocked on my front door.  It was one of the women I had been with the night before.  She stood there on my porch with a pound of butter tied up in white tulle.  “I just felt prompted to bring this over this morning,” she said simply, “and to say the Lord wants you to have prosperity.”

I was momentarily speechless.  And then I said, “How did you know I needed butter?”  Which was as ridiculously trivial as the definition of prosperity I had given the night before.  “I didn’t know,” She said, “I just woke up at 4:00am this morning and felt a prompting that you needed butter.  This morning.  Before I did anything else with my day.”

The funny thing is, I could have totally made it through the day without the butter.  I would have picked some up this afternoon. I tried to figure out the urgency of the 4:00am prompting and then I realized…it wasn’t about the butter.

It was about the lesson.

Because just after the butter came I read this description of the wise hearted people found in Exodus…

“And they came, every one whose heart stirred him up, and every one whom his spirit made willing, and they brought the Lord’s offering to the work.”  (Exodus 35:21)

And I followed the footnote for the word offering, and it said, generosity.  “And they brought the Lord’s generosity.”

“And they came, both men and women, as many as were willing hearted…”  (Exodus 35:22)

“Them hath he filled with wisdom of heart…”  (Exodus 35:35)

“Every wise hearted man, in whose heart the Lord had put wisdom, even every one whose heart stirred him up to come unto the work to do it.”  (Exodus 36:2)

And I thought about my friend.  The one whose heart had been stirred up.  The one whose spirit was willing.  The one who brought the Lord’s generosity.   The one who the Lord had filled with wisdom of heart.

She who had a willing heart.

Who didn’t think it might be odd to drop off a pound of butter to someone who was perfectly capable of obtaining her own, but took the wisdom of the Lord in her heart and then acted.

Through her willing and wise heart I learned an extremely powerful lesson today.

…and through a pound of butter.

In a very simple way it was a very powerful lesson in consecration.

Perhaps right now, this very moment, you could ask the Lord for a wise heart.  Maybe you could ask that you might be the means of extending the Lord’s generosity to someone, somehow, today.  It doesn’t have to be outlandish.  A stick of butter can be life changing.  Trust me.

Maybe today you could ask to be made wise hearted.

And then let your heart be stirred up, and let your spirit be made willing.

 

Emily Freeman