“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; or about your body, what you will wear. Life is more than food, and the body more than clothes. Consider the ravens: They do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn; yet God feeds them. And how much more valuable you are than birds!” Luke 12: 22- 24
As I woke this morning to feed my baby, I experienced a mixture of emotions. Overwhelmed by fatigue from the nightly feeds we’ve had to give over the past month, I couldn’t help but feel that I just wanted some more sleep.
However, a one- month old baby is still on her own schedule and for now, I just have to accept that her 3 to 4 hourly feeds are simply part of being a new mother.
I began feeding her. With each swallow, I heard her sigh and knew that she was receiving everything she needed. Her little tummy was getting filled with each passing second and I became aware of how much satisfaction I felt in knowing that I was able to provide for her.
I thought of God as I fed.
Sometimes, we feel that God isn’t providing for our needs. Sometimes we feel that he simply doesn’t care about us or how we’re going to make ends meet.
There are days I’ve looked in the kitchen cupboard and thought, ‘how am I going to make a meal from this?’ seeing just how bare they were.
Feeling slightly embarrassed about these moments and not wanting to confide in others because of pride, I’ve found myself praying, and asking God to show me a way to make my nothings into something eatable and nutritious for my family. Somehow, we’ve always eaten more than we thought possible in those moments. Thankfully, these are rare, fleeting moments and always seem to come the day before pay day, but I still thank God that he provides when we see no way.
This morning as I fed my daughter I realised that while I felt total satisfaction in providing for my family, particularly my kids, so too does God. He doesn’t provide for us simply because he can. He provides because he wants to. He loves us. We are his kids and he delights himself on giving us what we need- what we want, even.
And so I encourage you. When things get tight and you can’t see a way out, pray and trust that God will provide. Remind yourself that He takes delight in providing for us. He is the ultimate parent and will not let us go without, even if, just as my baby is at present, we are incredibly demanding of his time.
If you find yourself sighing as your stomach is filled or you begin that new job, or even as you find that new place to live, realise that it is God that has provided for you. Just as he takes delight in providing for you, take delight also in knowing that He HAS provided for you.
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This one is wonderful, too, and I needed to read it. Thank you, again. Realized is spelled with a z, instead of an s, I think. It's neat that we can correct those typos, even after submitting. God bless you, Lindy.