In the few weeks since my husband resigned his position as pastor of our previous church, he has filled out many a job application.
He’s even had several interviews.
And I have to be honest, claiming God’s promises to provide for His children was a lot easier when we still had extra money sitting in the bank. It’s easier to trust Him for showers of blessing when we’re not quite in drought yet.
I knew that this moment would come when our faith would really be put to the test.
Now is the time.
Now is the time when the money is no longer coming in, the time when the savings account is running woefully low.
Yet now is also the time when we see the very hand of God act on our behalf in both big and small ways!
There shall be showers of blessing…
It’s true, friends, that in the midst of this season of trial, we are reaping a multitude of blessings. Not just mercy drops, but showers!
I’ve been longing to keep record of the showers here in this space as stones of remembrance that I can look back on. So here goes.
A record of our showers of blessing:
~ unexpected income from a funeral my husband preached and I sang for
~ taking a family vacation we were planning but hadn’t paid for yet (not even a need, but purely a want)
~ Church Camp for our middle son
~ Missions trip for our oldest son
~ miscellaneous food for a family get-together
~ a tank full of gas
~ a Kohls gift card for some of our back-to-school shoe and clothing needs
~ new backpacks and school supplies from a local back-to-school carnival
~ a local church’s generous love offering to cover the rest of our school supply list (from mostly strangers…people who don’t even know us, friends!!)
~ Overlapping coupons saving us a bundle on a pair of much-needed running shoes for the oldest boy who is currently in cross country training (hey, this isn’t the first time this bargain shopping mama has asked the Lord for help to find a good deal on necessities)
~ free eggs (I know it’s small, but every bit helps, right?)
~ vacation extras this past week, like cheese fries, ice cream, and a boat ride
~ income from this blog (which has never, ever produced income before last month!)
Specific answered prayers for church-planting needs:
~ donated pews
~ an offer of building space to use for gatherings
~ smooth sailing through the church-planting application process with NAMB thus far
Not just a handful of blessings, friends, no – showers of blessings!
So often I am quick to ask the Father to provide for big, noble, spiritual needs – like funding for church planting or for a missions trip, etc. Then when it comes to smaller needs or things that might just be selfish wants, I’m afraid to ask.
I fear that my reasons aren’t “spiritual” enough, so He might choose not to provide for them. How about you, friend? Are you ever afraid to ask?
This is the promise of love…
When I think on the line above, I’m reminded that God is my Heavenly Father and a father’s main role is to provide for the spiritual and physical needs of his family.
My husband certainly desires to meet all of our children’s needs whether big or small and yes, even some of their wants, too. Yet we are earthly, human, imperfect parents.
“Or what man is there among you who, when his son asks for a loaf, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, he will not give him a snake, will he? If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give what is good to those who ask Him!” Mt. 7:9-11
Too often we are busy trusting in our own ability to provide for ourselves to see our Father already at work on our behalf.
It’s only when we are incapable, when we have no way to meet our needs on our own, that we finally turn to Him and ask.
When will I learn? When will we learn that God is the Father who is not only capable, but also willing to provide all that we need, and even some things that we simply want?
Maybe as James wrote, we don’t have because we don’t ask? (Js.4)
I’m not talking about asking the Father to make us millionaires or provide for worldly extravagances (although sometimes He likes to blow our socks off with an extravagance, doesn’t He?!).
I’m talking about asking Him to meet our needs first…
before we step into problem-solving mode,
before we launch into penny-pinching mode,
before we sink into panic mode!
What if we just asked Him first and trusted in His character as our loving Father, as Jehovah Jireh, the God who provides?
There shall be seasons refreshing
Sent from the Savior above…
I’m betting we’d see more miraculous answers to prayer than we’re used to.
Next on the list?
The right jobs for us and a partial new roof before winter.
Praise the Lord along with us, friends!
Mercy-drops round us are falling
But for the showers we plead!