Tuesday, June 3, 2014


This morning after trying once again my hand (or, ahem, legs) at running, I plopped my weary and sweaty self on the front porch steps.  I looked over at the gerbera daisies making their appearance and God gently reminded me of a truth I learned a couple of years ago. 

God makes provision for your needs even before you have needs.

Seeds. He is always going before us, planting seeds.

In Genesis, days before He created man, God said, "Let the earth sprout vegetation, plants yielding seed and fruit trees bearing fruit in which is their seed, each according to its kind, on the earth.  And it was so.  The earth brought forth vegetation, plants yielding seed according to their own kinds, and trees bearing fruit in which is their seed, each according to its kind.  And God saw that it was good."

Before God lovingly formed man and breathed life into clay, He made sure that every single necessary provision for the longevity and blessing of mankind was in place.

Perhaps that seems like a no brainer, but do we apply it to our daily circumstances? 

We have a crest of our family name hanging on the wall.  It says, Domini Nostri Praebenda.  The Lord Jesus is our Provision.

He is our provision for daily bread, salvation, mercy during trials, and rest.  We have absolutely nothing without Him. Not even a single breath.

Going forward with this anguishing word called cancer, I know God wants to remind us that whatever we need has already been provided.  The seeds have been planted and the earth is already bringing forth vegetation. We are walking blindly through a dark tunnel, but God is promising that He is already there, providing the right doctors and right treatment.  He is already there, providing friends to pray for us and hold our hands.  He is already there, allowing portions of scripture to jump off the pages and into our weary souls.  He is Jehovah Shammah.  He is there.  And the provision has all been taken care of.  Perhaps the most humbling and beautiful part of it all is that He was planting seeds for our needs before we even knew that we would have such a great need.

What a merciful and good God.

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