It was a challenging time for us. I was a stay-at-home mother and homeschooler of two. My husband worked full-time to support us. Our finances were tight and the food was dwindling. I wasn’t sure what we were going to do. I prayed and put my trust in God.
“Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.” Proverbs 3:5 (NIV)
The next day, our neighbor tapped on our door. In his arms were fresh vegetables from his garden. He had no idea we were struggling or that God used him to answer my prayers. I smiled and thanked him as I thought about the huge pot of soup I was going to make with all those vegetables and the small amount of chicken I had on hand.
“And do not set your heart on what you will eat or drink; do not worry about it.” Luke 12:29 (NIV)
Another day, I visited the woman who taught bread making classes just a few blocks away. I was there to pick up something. As I got ready to leave, she said to me, “Oh, by the way, I have all this fresh, ground flour left over from my class today. Could you use it?” Could I ever! Pancakes for dinner.
“I was young and now I am old, yet I have never seen the righteous forsaken or their children begging for bread.” Psalm 37:25 (NIV)
Soon after that, we were invited to a friend’s house for a BBQ. God was supplying yet another meal for us! And when we left, they offered us an assortment of several large bags of chips. What a treat!
“When you give a dinner or a supper, do not ask your friends, your brothers, your relatives, nor rich neighbors, lest they also invite you back, and you be repaid. But when you give a feast, invite the poor, the maimed, the lame, the blind. And you will be blessed, because they cannot repay you.” Luke 14:12-14 (NKJV)
And still, on another day, three teenage boys who frequented our home knew I had a good supply of sliced cheese in the freezer. They loved our grilled cheese sandwiches and showed up hungry with what we didn’t have on hand – a loaf of bread. We all ate until we were full.
“Blessed be the Lord, Who daily loads us with benefits, The God of our salvation! Selah” Psalm 68:19 (NKJV)
It quickly became apparent that God was providing for us left and right. I decided I would write these instances down along with the dates. This continued, day after day, for two weeks until my husband’s hours increased. He also began working over-time. We were no longer in need.
“And my God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:19 (NAS)
I kept that list, for many years, as a reminder that God keeps His promises. He is who He says He is and He does all that He says He will do. I have since misplaced or lost that list, but I will never forget how God is always willing and waiting to answer our prayers and to meet all our needs.
“Oh, that men would give thanks to the LORD for His goodness, and for His wonderful works to the children of men!” Psalm 107:8, 15, 21, 31
PRAYER: My God and provider, you are faithful and true; your mercies are new every morning. Thank you for meeting all of our needs all of the time! Amen.