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The Plain Brown Wrapper

  • It happened, while they were there, that the day had come that she should give birth. She brought forth her firstborn son, and she wrapped him in bands of cloth, and laid him in a feeding trough, because there was no room for them in the inn Luke 2:6 WEB.

    The greatest gift that God ever gave mankind spent His first hours laying in a feeding trough for animals. Mary wrapped the baby Jesus in strips of cloth herself which meant that it was a lonely birth without others to help her. There was no room for them at the inn. It was a picture of poverty, obscurity, and rejection. The greatest event in history went almost unnoticed by those around it.

    God is so secure in Himself that He does not need to impress anyone, and His word makes it clear that the pride of a man makes him blind to all that God has for him. The wisdom of man is foolishness to God (1 Corinthians 3:19). Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will exalt you (James 4:10). God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble (James 4:6). Humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God that He may exalt you in due time (1 Peter 5:6).

    How many times have we missed what God has for us because we felt that it was beneath us. Looking back over my life, God provided me the greatest opportunities wrapped in an humble, plain looking, brown paper wrapping. It looked beneath me, and my flesh wanted to complain and tell the people how important that I really was.

    Once after being laid off from a high paying job (for me) as a supervisor, I ended up drawing unemployment and could not find another job anywhere. I searched for work every day, then spent time alone on the Waccamaw river fishing and listening to an audio Bible. During the last week of my unemployment, I was fishing and had caught nothing all day, when I stopped and prayed earnestly, 'Lord, I need a job. Anything, just open a door, but please let me be able to continue to listen to Your word while I work.' Soon after praying this, I caught the biggest bass that I had ever caught in my life. It was on the last cast of my last fishing trip that year.

    When I got home, a temp service had called and said that they had an opening at 'Miracle Finishing' for a brass polisher, and they wanted me to come talk to the manager. The following day, I pulled up in my Toyota Supra wearing a black leather jacket and shades to find that it was a loud, dirty, hole in the wall housed in a hundred year old brick building. All the employees except the manager were temps, addicts, and nearly homeless. It was skid row, and they were all living day to day.

    It was extremely hot in August and giant ghetto blasters roared above the already deafening machines in the dimly lit building. Car-sized belt sanders ran with no guards in place and would cut off limbs if you bumped into them. Sometimes the buffing machine would snatch the part away, then fire it back at you and knock you down. People sometimes smoked pot at the machines, and the manager came in hungover everyday of his life. Everyone there was just living for another Friday to come. It was a dirty, dark, hole-in-the-wall and everyone was covered in black buffing compound from the machines. The job paid a third of what my last job had. Everything in my flesh screamed 'There is no way this is God's plan for me!'

    Yet that morning when I walked up to the manager, the first thing that he said was: 'Are you ready to start? Better bring something to listen to as it can get really boring in here.' At that moment the Holy Spirit brought my prayer back to my remembrance and said: 'This is what you asked Me for.' Through clenched lips I told the manager 'Yep.'

    The turnover rate was infinite because most people did not last a week, many even left before their first lunch break. But I knew that it was God's will for me to be there, though it was still hard to keep my pride under control. 'I deserve better than this' was always inviting me to think about it.

    I mentally made it into a game of working directly for God Himself, and I became a model employee. Bright, shining, and always early, my workspace was the cleanest in the building. I went home each day as black as smut from the buffing compounds, and my skin began to take on a greenish tint from the brass dust. My brother would stop by now and then and ask me, 'Dion, what in the world are you doing here?' and I would tell him, 'This is where God wants me at the moment.'

    I fasted as much as I ate, listened to the Bible all day and prayed in the spirit while grinding out part after part. I started out running 300 parts a day, but was soon running 7,500. It was a mindless task of repetition, but it allowed me to listen to the Bible all day in my head phones and meditate on scripture while working. I began to love it.

    After several months, one day I suddenly felt oil being poured over my head and spun around thinking that someone was pulling a prank on me, but there was no one there. The Lord had anointed me for something new. That was a turning point in my life, and things began to change around me. I lost over thirty pounds from the heat, fasting, sweating and hard work, but my spirit grew stronger and stronger.

    When I humbled myself and followed the path that the Lord revealed to me, He raised me up quickly. I went straight to the top and became the manager of the brass plant. When the plant merged with another, He pushed me into my own computer business for the next decade.

    Many years later when God began to shut my computer business down and I was unemployed again, I showed up for a church workday event. The only job left was to scrub all the bathrooms and toilets. No one had volunteered to do that one. I sensed that God was setting me up for something, so I did it wholeheartedly as if I were working for the Lord. I left those bathrooms sparkling clean behind me. About a month after, the Lord pushed me into full time ministry as a pastor.

    These were humble doors that one would easily avoid, but it was His path for me. I can honestly say that the humble door hides a great future, and so many will pass it by while waiting for that management position to open that they so deserve. Be watchful and guard your mind. Learn that when the flesh begins to squeal, that God is beginning to move.

    Prayer: Heavenly Father, I seek Your path for me. Please let me see through Your eyes and fulfill Your every desire in my life. I yield to You and pray that You guide my every step. I want what You want for me, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray.

    Note: "If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land." (2 Chron 7:14) ~ If you have a prayer need, we are here for you! We and the prayer team are ready to lift you up at our private prayer page: RHM Prayer Network


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23 comments
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Deb Farris
Deb Farris I love reading about how God has worked in your life, Pastor Dion. Thank you for another wonderful message! Blessings to you!
Jun 19
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Keyana Mallory
Keyana Mallory

Amen! 

Jun 19
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Kevin J. Eck
Kevin J. Eck

Amen,

Jun 19
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Michele  Smart
Michele Smart

It can be hard to set our pride aside but we will reap the benefits when we follow His plan.

Jun 19
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Patricia Walker
Patricia Walker

AMEN. 

Jun 19
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Marisa Jackson
Marisa Jackson

Amen!!

Jun 19
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Scott Riegelmann
Scott Riegelmann

Amen thank you Jesus!

Jun 19
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Kay Collinsworth
Kay Collinsworth

Amen Father I Thank You

Jun 19
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Linda Clark
Linda Clark

Amen 

Jun 19
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Dave and Sue Earlywine
Dave and Sue Earlywine

Amen,wonderful testimony.Praise God.

Jun 19
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Wanda Pennington
Wanda Pennington

Thank you Father in Heaven.  Amen 

Jun 19
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Jim Jarrell
Jim Jarrell

Amen! I have seen this place and it is just as desribed. Thank You Lord!

Jun 19
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Yvette York
Yvette York

Amen

Jun 19
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Lynn Brown
Lynn Brown

Thy will be done, Amen! Great message Pastor Dion!

Jun 19
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Cathy Webb
Cathy Webb

I join you in this prayer this morning, Pastor Dion! Heavenly Father, I seek Your path for me. Please let me see through Your eyes and fulfill Your every desire in my life. I yield to You and pray that You guide my every step. I want what You want for me, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray. Thank you!

Jun 19
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Jose Simo
Jose Simo

Heavenly Father I thank You for what You are doing in my life, lead me to see where I belong and follow Your designs everywhere You send me. I know it's hard to set our pride aside but with Your help we will see the benefits of it all, I pray this in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen. Praise be to You oh Lord. 

Once again your words have touched me with this testimony and reminder, God bless you and Sylvia. 

Jun 19
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Richard Mondello
Richard Mondello

In Jesus name Amen. 

Jun 19
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Sherry McCosh
Sherry McCosh

Thank you for this beautiful and encouraging word today. We always need to keep our eyes on Jesus and put God first in all that we do. We need to seek His will for our lives and praying without ceasing. We need to always be willing to be used by God for even the most dirty job. God knows more than we do and he guides us on His journey for our life every day of our life. Every day is a chance to learn something new that God wants to speak to us. God bless Refreshing Hope Ministries and all who are involved, and also for everyone who reads the Refreshing Hope Words.

Jun 19
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Mari Kaufmann
Mari Kaufmann

Dear God you got us to a new place by your grace so I know you will continue to provide and open doors. Hallelujah in the name of Jesus praise God Amen 

Jun 19
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen!

Jun 19
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Schalk  de Beer
Schalk de Beer

Yes Lord Jesus, amen

Jun 19
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Liesel  aka  Lisa Wardle
Liesel aka Lisa Wardle

Amen and Amen!!! Thank you for this message, Pastor Dion!! Lord, please help me to be humble, so that YOU can use me as You see fit, in the name of Jesus, the Holy Word which became flesh, I humbly ask and pray, Amen!!

Jun 19
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Brenda F
Brenda F

Amen

Jun 20