Near the end of September this year, my co-workers and I moved to another office suite. As we settled in our new place, we discovered that something was missing. A 3-hole punch. My manager and I presented our request to the office manager.
She tucked a strand of hair behind her ear, her smile affable. “Sure, I will order one. It will come in about a week.”
“Great.” My manager returned the smile, then walked beside me to his office.
A week later, there was no sign of a 3-hole punch. I let out a deep sigh, stood from my chair and strode over to the office manager. My gaze kind and my tone soft, I asked her, “Have you ordered a 3-hole punch yet?”
In an instant, her cheeks flushed with embarrassment. She bit her bottom lip as she cast her eyes to the floor, then looked back up and cracked a smile. “There was a backorder. Let me follow up.”
I could hear her heart hammering against her chest. It wasn’t your fault, I thought to myself. “Thank you.” I gave her a nod and left.
This past Monday, the subject line of an email grabbed my attention: 3-hole punch. I read the email once and then twice as if I could not believe my eyes. It is finally here. I took my documents from my desk, walked to the printing room and glanced around. But I could not see the punch. Where is it?
I looked again, and this time my face lit up when an electric 3-hole punch appeared before my eyes. It was on the shelf that stood against the back wall. How did I miss it the first time? I approached the device and peered at it. It’s brand-new, and it’s really electric.
During our one-month waiting period, we just expected to have a manual 3-hole punch because we were told that the company would not buy an expensive electric punch. It did not really matter to me as long as I would have something to punch holes in my documents. But the Lord provided us with a better machine, far beyond our expectations. I acknowledged that God’s provision came from His Love, and I thanked Him and praised Him for His faithfulness.
Matthew 7:9-11 (NIV)
Which of you, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone?
Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake?
If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children,
how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!