Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – March 6, 2018
And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:19
Before I married my husband, we were colleagues at a Colorado Springs nonprofit, where we knew of each other, but didn’t know each other. Later we became acquaintances and then good friends.
After I had resigned from our shared place of employment, I moved away from Colorado Springs to go on a multi-state book tour. As it always does when one moves, the questions arose: “What do I keep? What do I give away? And, what should I do with what I keep?”
I particularly wanted to keep a bedroom set I had purchased with some money left to me by my father when he passed away. It was something special to remember him by. So I prayed, “Lord, I need a place to store my things. Please help.” I was starting my book tour without much money, so forking out a lot of dough for a storage unit was out of the question. The next day, a thoughtful friend invited me to put my belongings in his basement.
Wow. Awesome! Thanks, Lord!
“How magnificent are Your works, Lord. . .” (Psalm 92:5).
A couple years passed and I moved to Georgia. I hadn’t made it back to Colorado to move my stuff out of my friend’s basement. Then one day I received an e-mail.
“Shana, you need to come and get your belongings. I’m selling my house.” Hmmm . . .what to do? I considered getting a temporary storage unit in Colorado Springs, but then I spoke with my now-casual, but not-yet-good-friend, and not-yet-husband, Clark.
“You can put your stuff in my garage,” he said.
“Really? Are you sure?”
“Sure. And if your friend will drop it off, I can meet him and help him unload it so you don’t have to worry about it.”
Awesome! Thanks, Lord!
Over time, Clark and I went from being casual friends to great friends with thoughts of getting married. But back during the time when he put my stuff in his garage, neither one of us were thinking in terms of tying the knot. We just liked and respected one another.
Then one day, Clark got down on his knee in a park and asked, “Will you be my wife?” Five months later, the moving company which was hired by his employer to move his household goods to our new home, Illinois, moved my things too!
Awesome! Thanks, Lord!
On occasion, I have joked with Clark and said, “See how I worked that all out with my furniture? I had it all planned.”
I share this story with you today to remind you of a simple truth: God knows the beginning from the end. He knows what you need today and He knows what you will need two years from now, and He has already gone before you to make a way. Just as He has done in your past, He will provide.
“Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you” (1 Peter 5:7, NLT).
PrayerLord, how awesome it is that you see every detail of my life and that you go before me to prepare the way. Thank you, Jesus. Amen.
ApplicationHow has God provided for you in the past? Thank Him for His provision and praise Him for what He is going to do for you in the future.
Related ReadingMatthew 6:26; Psalm 34:10; Deuteronomy 29:5
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