Good morning, it is Friday, July 2, 2021
My personal devotional yesterday morning told the story of a group of women that would get together once a week. They cared deeply for one another and got to know one another by sharing personal stories that bonded them to each other.
On this particular day Lisa came bursting through the door breathless, late, hair blowing wildly, baby on hip. She apologized for bringing her baby but could not find a sitter. She began speaking to the group about the chaos of the morning that had almost kept her away.
The group knew some of her issues: a recent, sudden divorce; the devastation she felt, the stress of raising a young family alone. But this day had hit hard. She did not know how she was going to manage. The bills were piling up, the rent was overdue, and the car needed work. She said I have prayed and prayed for strength, for faith but I keep falling apart. She said “I know God can provide for me and the kids. I just can’t feel it in my heart.”
The group surrounded her with hugs and love and prayer.
She went on to confide that she had so little money, there was not even enough for basics and her baby was wearing the last disposable diaper. She was greatly distressed.
Suddenly, Karen Leet, the author of the story, felt a shiver race along her spine, “a shiver of awe and astonishment.”
She wrote “I’d forgotten the sack tucked behind my chair, the sack I had felt an impulse to grab at the last minute as I hurried from home to be on time for our group. I reached back behind the chair to pull it out. It was just a plain grocery sack, but my hand was shaking as I reached for it…I held it out to Lisa. Lisa pulled open the sack and stared inside, her face alight with the same astonishment I felt myself. She looked at us all, her eyes bright, a smile bursting across her features as she pulled out the sack’s contents. Inside was a large package of diapers in exactly the size her daughter needed. We knew immediately that God had heard our prayers.”
Isn’t that a fantastic story? God knew her need even before the women of the group knew and he prompted Karen to bring a package of diapers that her own daughter had outgrown.
Matthew 6:8 ESV “…your Father knows what you need before you ask him.”
What an amazing God we serve!!
Yesterday afternoon I was directing one of our programs here at Better Life. It’s called Catching the Light, and Pastor Kip always begins with a feel-good story. He told the story of a woman who was also having financial difficulties. She was at the grocery store and had a few food items and diapers for her baby. It seems once she got to the check out, she realized she did not have enough money for everything. She decided she had to have diapers. When it was her turn to pay, the cashier told her that person in front of her had already paid for the diapers. That made such an impact on her that she vowed to do the same and now for 7 years has paid for diapers for families that are in need. Diapers are her ministry.
Proverbs 3:27 ESV “Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in your power to do it.”
I have one more story for you 😊
This happened to my youngest sister over 30 years ago. She was a young single mother and had recently moved out of our mother’s home and into an apartment of her own in a nearby town. She had very little money and she had run out of diapers or was very close to running out. She did not want to have to ask for money, but what was she going to do?
The apartment building where she was living had a separate laundry room. She was headed down the stairs one evening to do a load of laundry, baby on her hip. As she neared the bottom of the stairs a colorful, folded piece of paper caught her eye. She picked it up. It was a coupon for the exact brand of diapers that she used. Her first thought was ‘maybe, with this coupon, I will have enough money to buy diapers’. But as she unfolded it, she discovered a $20 bill wrapped inside. Her heart soared!
“And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:19 ESV
We have all of heaven rooting for us. Our Father in heaven knows our every need and He loves and cares for us beyond anything we can comprehend.
I love that old hymn “Oh, How He Loves You and Me.” That last line of the chorus goes like this: “Oh, how He loves you; Oh, how he loves me; Oh, how he loves you and me.”
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.” Philippians 4:6 ESV