I needed to buy some groceries, but with only $10 plus change, my list was not very big. For some time, our finances had been less than none, and so being able to buy some milk and eggs was something for which to give thanks for:D
Although I knew that I didn’t have any other money in my purse – believe me, I had already checked every pocket and corner many times hoping to find another piece of change hidden somewhere –
I looked again. It was fall, and some sweet, freshly ripened apples would taste so good!
And would you believe it…
I found a $20 bill…
Right in plain sight!
How I missed it before, I don’t know, but I was so thankful! Tears welled up in my eyes as I once again found myself the recipient of God’s faithful provision. Right there I offered up a prayer of praise and thanksgiving to the One who had not only provided for our needs, but also the simple desires of my heart in such an amazing way.
Whenever I think of this story, I am reminded of Abraham on the mountain of the Lord. Genesis 22:13, 14 says, “
Then Abraham lifted his eyes and looked, and there behind him was a ram caught in a thicket by its horns. So Abraham went and took the ram and offered it up for a burnt offering instead of his son. And Abraham called the name of that place “The Lord Will Provide”; as it is said to this day, “In the Mount of the Lord it shall be provided.”
It was as Abraham was fulfilling the steps of obedience that God required of him, and carrying out the work God had given him to do, that God opened his eyes to see the ram – that God had provided for him…
At just the right time.
Not too early and not too late.
It is not easy – in fact it can be more than difficult – to wait and trust when the burden of our needs presses down heavily upon us. When I think of the account of Abraham, I am reminded that God’s timing is not our own. Sometimes He keeps hidden from our eyes, His provision that He has already put in place. Then at just the right time, He unveils it.
As well, while God knows my physical needs, He also knows the needs of my heart…
Better than I do.
And somehow within His sovereign plan for my life, He perfectly provides for each and every one of my needs in each and every area of my life. Sometimes for the needs of my heart to be fulfilled, I need to suffer through times of physical need.
I keep this truth in mind when pressure mounts and the times of need – physical, emotional, social, spiritual or a combination of them all – seem to stretch out with no end in sight. 1. Peter 4:19 says, “So then, those who suffer according to the will of God should entrust themselves to their faithful Creator and continue to do good.”
God’s timing in the provision of my needs is never too early or too late. The events and circumstances that take place within my life are divinely allowed so that His perfect plan for me will be unfolded as He works all things together…
For my good and His glory.
I am so thankful that we can present our needs, our requests and our desires to our Good Father. When we do this, we no longer have to be burdened by them. Rather, as we cast them upon Him, entrust ourselves to Him and continue to do good, we can be assured that He will sustain us as He provides for us…
In His perfect time and His perfect way:D