Have you ever been overwhelmed with someone’s response to your act of service? I had this experience several times. The specifics are different each time, but the core part of the story is the same: I help by doing something relatively minor, they respond as if I’d just done the most difficult thing in the world.
It’s jarring to me because I don’t see what I did as particularly significant or noteworthy. In fact, I often will play it down when they respond. “Oh, it wasn’t really a big deal.” Or, “Honestly, I hardly did anything.” To me, it’s just a simple act of service, but not to them.
What if the value of your acts of blessing lies not in what you did, but in how it was received? What if your perceived simple blessing is in reality a significant blessing to the person receiving it?
And she said, “As the LORD your God lives, I have nothing baked, only a handful of flour in a jar and a little oil in a jug. And now I am gathering a couple of sticks that I may go in and prepare it for myself and my son, that we may eat it and die.” And Elijah said to her, “Do not fear; go and do as you have said. But first make me a little cake of it and bring it to me, and afterward make something for yourself and your son. For thus says the LORD, the God of Israel, ‘The jar of flour shall not be spent, and the jug of oil shall not be empty, until the day that the LORD sends rain upon the earth.’” 1 Kings 17:12-14
God, through Elijah, blessed this woman in an amazing way. To God, it was a simple matter to extend the supply of flour and oil. But to the woman, it was life for her and her son. No longer did they have to fear death by starvation, because God acted on their behalf.
God continues to bless His people with “simple blessings” to this day. He wants to use you to “simply bless” others. And then He turns those simple blessings into substantial ones.