Caretaker Pam

I wrote this story for a friend of mine about ten years ago. I hope you can identify with the story in some way. She didn’t recognize the gift that she held in her hands. What a magnificent gift it is. Do you have a gift that you don’t recognize. Read about Pam’s and ask the Lord to reveal yours to you if you know it not.
Caring Pam had quite a problem. She thought she could do nothing quite as well as her friends. She could see all their gifts. Where was hers?

If she could she would have changed into Sara who was a whiz at math. That way she could rattle off the answers left and right. How proud she would be. Instead she questioned the Lord, “Where was I when you were handing out math ability?”

If she could she would have turned into Marie who wrote poetry and fiction with a flair. How proud she would be. Instead, she questioned the Lord, “Where was I when you gave out creativity?”

If she could she would have turned into Keith who drew pictures that were so breathtakingly beautiful. How proud she would be. Instead she questioned the Lord, “Where was I when you gave out artistic ability?’

If she could she would have turned into Tobin who performed such perfect ballet moves that he went to New York City to train with the New York City Ballet. How proud she would be. Instead she questioned the Lord, “Where was I when you gave out dancing ability?’

If she could she would have turned into Michael who played the piano and violin in such a way that all were astonished at such a divine gift. How proud she would be. Instead she questioned the Lord, “Where was I when you gave out music talent?”

If she could she would have turned into Drew who spoke in from of large group with such confidence. Instead she questioned the Lord, “Where was I when you have out speaking ability?”

All of a sudden the skies opened and there before her stood the Lord.

He said very tenderly to her, “Oh Pam my child, you have been so busy looking at others, you’ve forgotten to look at your own talents and blessings. Go and do only those things you Pam love to do my child.”

Pam went to her garden. She plucked each weed and with great care lifted each flower and inhaled its fragrance. She tenderly watered and fertilized. She looked about. The butterflies were teaming around the butterfly bush she had put in just for them.
The impatients near by held their heads high. The chicken and hens were sprouting. The ground cover was flourishing. The Rose of Sharon were holding up their trumpet like flowers to the sky. She was in awe of the beauty and was aware much caring was still needed.

All of a sudden the Lord spoke, “Well Pam, do you see any gifts or talents here?” Pam replied, “Well Lord, you’ll have to give me a moment, I can’t quite see what you’re getting at. Sorry Lord!”

Pam went into her room She carefully placed everything in its place. She was in awe of how beautiful everything looked. The Lord again spoke. “Do you see any gifts or talents yet?”

“Well Lord, you’ll have to give me a moment, I can’t quite see what you’re getting at. Sorry Lord!”

Her friend spoke, “Oh Pam, you are such a caretaker. You have taken care of me, You’ve taken care of the garden, and you make sure that everything is in its place for everyone to enjoy. I’d be so proud if I had a gift like yours.”

Pam thought, “Lord, Lord is that my gift. I didn’t know it was a gift.”

The Lord replied, “Use your gift, and I will bless you, for it truly is a gift that I have given you to bless others. You are my hands and with your hands I ask you to take care of my creations great and small. You are indeed “Caretaker Pam.”

Pam didn’t need to ask, “Lord where was I when you were passing out caretakers?” She was one.

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Author: rko777

I am a novice writer and painter who loves to be creative. I love singing but can't sing without a hymnal, except for children's songs. I love to make up my own songs and love the old hymns. I love to garden and got that love from my Mom and Dad who taught be everything I know from planting to harvesting to canning. I'm happy gardening, walking with my pug, JD Sir Winston Churchill, painting, and crafting. I love to spend Saturday's sitting in my rocker going through a bible study. I love working with elementary school aged children and seeing them use their creative gifts. I have taught Sunday school for a number of years and taught in the public schools for 18 years. I might say I'm retired but I spend most of my time subbing and enjoy it immensely. The kids spark my own creativeness.

3 thoughts on “Caretaker Pam”

  1. Thank you, Rena, for this parabolical lesson on how to receive our gift(ings). It is true that we do not always recognize our giftings that the Lord has bestowed upon us because we have our eyes on others operating in their gifts, as your story discloses. But once we have been instructed by the Lord and by diligent pastors and leaders and learn to identify our own giftings, then the stories of the successes of others who have similar giftings can inspire us and spur us on to utilize our gifts in a way that will bring glory to God and aid and comfort to others and pleasure in our own lives. Dr. Bruce Wilkinson calls it, our “sweet spot”.

  2. Rena asked “where was hers, Caretaker Pam’s?…Maybe it was waiting for an encourager to come along beside and encourage her to see and use wisely. It is my understanding from His Word that He gives gifts to edify the Body of Christ.

    Notes from my study Bible says: “Be constant in your reading and study of God’s Word. Recognize that your faith will grow only as much as you feed on God’s Word. Let God’s Word radically transform your way of thinking. Renew your mind to know and do the will of god, giving your body a living sacrifice.”

    I am coming to believe that we get a little from God and a little is a lot when it is from God, but some of us then freeze it, freeze our minds! Renew our minds daily is like fresh daily baked bread. We need to renew our minds daily so our gifts and talents can flourish and not just bud and remain frozen in time.

  3. Sara asked, “How does the Holy Spirit do this? Does God give us talents and gifts? Does He make us use them?”

    What beautiful, pigs Wilma made!! It looks like God has given her the gift of timely giving and the talent of creating and sewing them so wonderfully. Also, the other blogger shared her insightful drawing exercise at just the right time. I Cor. 12 tells us that God does give gifts through the Holy Spirit…“there are diversities of gifts but the same Spirit.” (vs 4); …”distributing to each one individually as He wills.” (vs.11). I don’t think He ‘makes’ us use them, but He encourages us and may use others to encourage us as Sara wrote about under ‘Caretaker Pam’. These two bloggers were like the faithful servants in Matt 25 who chose to use their talents rather than hide and do nothing with them. They must have been listening and obedient to the same Holy Spirit speaking and working through them miles and miles apart. Because of this, the Holy Spirit was able to intersect them at just the right time and edify us, the Daily Lily readers, the Body of Christ with such a beautiful example. Thanks to both for participating with the Holy Spirit and to Sara for sharing the pigs.

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