Don’t you just love it … love it … LOVE IT … when God ‘shows off’ his ability to provide for your needs? I know I do!
Come to think about it, God’s not ‘showing off’. He’s simply being the Father He’s promised to be to those who belong to His Family. And one of those promises is to meet the needs of His sons and daughters.
“My God will use his wonderful riches in Christ Jesus to give you everything you need. Glory to our God and Father forever and ever! Amen.”—Philippians 4:19-20 (NCV)
Here is this week’s story …
Last week my mother had to undergo a five hour nuclear stress test. When mother told me her stress test was scheduled for a Wednesday … I got all stressed. Why? Because Wednesdays just happen to be my busiest ‘writing’ day of the week. So what about changing the date of the stress test? It wasn’t an option. And the reason it wasn’t an option was because mother was scheduled to have surgery early Friday morning and the stress test had to be done prior to her surgery.
So … on Tuesday night (the night) before mother’s scheduled stress test I try to figure out how I can ‘fit’ mother’s stress test in with everything else I’ve got to do on Wednesday. I mentally calculated that it would take three hours for the round trip drive, plus five hours for the stress test, plus another hour for wait time, etc. Total hours … nine hours (minimum) that I wouldn’t be able to write! (I’m too easily distracted to write while waiting in a room full of people.) That’s when my stress level escalated sky high! And moments later … is when God spoke to my heart; “Everything will be alright. Just be patient with your mother.”
Early Wednesday morning while I was putting mother’s wheelchair in the back of the Jeep before heading out for her appointment the thought came to me, “Take your laptop.” So I did. (Since I wouldn’t be able to write until I returned home from mother’s appointment, my original plan had been to leave my laptop at home.)
Immediately upon our arrival at the cardiologist’s office my mother was greeted by a nurse who took her to the Lab for an IV insertion. After following them to the Lab and making sure mother was okay; I headed off to the waiting room. That’s when I saw what looked to be a ‘vacant’ nurses’ station. Curious, I walked over to the nurses’ station to get a closer look and to check it out. Sure enough, it was a nurse’s station that by all appearances … had never been used or else hadn’t been used in months. In my heart I knew that the ‘vacant’ nurse’s station was God’s provision. It was God’s way of meeting my need. It was what God meant when He had spoken to my heart; “Everything will be alright. Just be patient with your mother.”
Hurrying outside to my Jeep, I grabbed my laptop from the backseat. Then before going back inside the cardiologist’s office I stood in the parking lot and told God how much I love Him and how I thank Him for meeting my needs. Then I went inside to the nurses’ station, pulled up a chair, opened up my laptop and for the next five hours I ‘wrote’.
Time after time God has proven that He’s more than able to provide His sons and daughters needs. Tiny needs, medium-size needs, large needs, super-size needs, or miraculous-size needs … to God they’re all one size. God’s size! Be encouraged in knowing that regardless of what your need might be … God’s got you covered. Everything will be alright.
The LORD is my shepherd; I have all that I need.—Psalm 23:1 (NLT)
The LORD is my shepherd; I lack nothing.—Psalm 23:1 (NIV)
The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.—Psalm 23:1 (KJV)
The Lord is my Shepherd [to feed, guide, and shield me], I shall not lack.—Psalm 23:1 (AMP)
And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.—2 Corinthians 9:8
Debra Joy Wallace is an inspirational columnist and speaker. Email: email@example.com – Website: www.debrawallace.com – Facebook Page: “Weighty Inspiration by Debra Joy”