I’ve been wanting to write this blog for a while now, but so many things have been happening and I haven’t gotten to it. Honestly I think that was God’s plan anyway because He has continued to give me more stories of His provision to tell over the past few months.
Often when I think of God’s provision, I think of finances. “God I know you will provide the money I need to pay the bills”. And that is one of the many ways God has shown up in my life recently, and has really taught me a lot about trusting Him. But there are other ways that God provides that I think we think about less.
Here are three big ways that God has shown off in my life lately.
In the little things:
This is the one I sometimes don’t realize is God or I forget to acknowledge Him for His provisions in these small things. One example is when I lead worship. I get so nervous, I have since I started. One of the ways that the enemy tries to get me down and freak me out is by convincing me that I don’t know the words to songs. And I let him! I get so nervous that my mind goes blank. But every single time, God just gives me a little shove or a quiet reminder and I’m good. He is so good that way! Another example is when I am running out of patience for kids or coworkers at work, and God just gives it. He gives me all the patience and grace I need in a moment. And it’s patience and grace I could never give on my own, it’s all Him. I want to be better about recognizing Him for the small ways He provides, because I think these little things can tell us a lot about His character.
In August I heard the Lord ask me to leave one of my two part time jobs (the higher paying one, might I add) to pursue other things. This blog is the fruit of that which is so amazing to look back on, but it was so scary to trust that I could live off of a part time job that doesn’t pay well. As you may have guessed, He provided! Whether it was meeting people that needed babysitting, substitute teaching, or picking up extra hours at work, there wasn’t a month where I didn’t have all I needed and more! Even if it wasn’t more cash in my bank account, the Lord has blessed me with living rent free with my parents this last year as I save and get ready for what He has next. And realistically, it shouldn’t have worked out, yet He has always come through. Seeing how He continues to provide in this area as I follow Him has taught me how trustworthy He truly is, even when things don’t make sense or shouldn’t work out.
I feel like I have been growing in my walk with the Lord pretty consistently since I left for college. There were and still are valleys, but these last two months the Lord has not stopped pulling me closer and closer to Him. I got a guided journal for Christmas from Amy and it has rocked my quiet time. I have become more involved with worship at church and seen myself grow ten fold since the Summer. And I have grown in my prayer life immensely, seeking Him throughout the day every day and not just when I can fit it in during the morning and evening. This growth in these areas are all examples of God’s provision. He has been providing me the passion for Him that I have longed for as long as I can remember. And He is constantly providing me with His presence as I seek Him daily. There are three verses that He has led me to since December, and as I write this I am realizing how they all have to do with His provision.
“Look at all the birds—do you think they worry about their existence? They don’t plant or reap or store up food, yet your heavenly Father provides them each with food. Aren’t you much more valuable to your Father than they?” Matthew 6:26 TPT
I’ve heard another version of this passage that says, “Consider the lilies of the field and notice how much more your Heavenly Father loves you”. The birds and the flowers of the field are provided for, we can absolutely count on the Lord to provide for us.
“But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” Matthew 6:33
This verse has been consistently brought to my attention by the Lord this past month and I am still learning more about what it means daily. As we seek His face, His will, His heart, His presence first, He will surely provide for all of our needs. The Passions Translation actually translates the last part as “less important things”. Seek Jesus, the most important thing you could do, and the less important things will be taken care of.
“Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.” Psalm 37:4
Such a good verse! Most of us know it, but I think we often miss the depth of it. As we seek Him first and delight in Him alone, He will give us the desires of our hearts. Once our hearts are aligned with His, our desires and His giving finally match up.
He satisfies our deepest need. That is the biggest and I believe the most important piece of His provision; Himself. Ultimately, what we truly need is just more of Him. My prayer is that you would begin to see God in all the little things. Thank Him for the sunset He just provided, after all He is the artist behind it! Or thank Him for the joy your dog brings to your life. He is the provider of all good things, let’s start to recognize Him for it!