God Always Provides

Filed in Christian Walk, Encouragement, faith, Grace, Grief, Jesus, Life by on September 1, 2017

 “Come to Me, all of you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.   All of you, take up My yoke and learn from Me, because I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for yourselves.   For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” – Matthew 11:28-30

 

flowersThe burden of widowhood and all the many factors that surround each and every widow’s story can easily become heavy.

Really heavy.

So heavy that sometimes it’s super easy to lay it all at Jesus’ feet because the weight is too much to bear so you throw it down so that you can run in a different direction. Other times, I find myself trying to sort through the rubble I have laid down and try to pick up certain pieces I have decided I still want to carry. But piece by piece I once again become weighed down.

The past several days has been some of those times and on Tuesday I found myself to be super emotional as I headed into work after finding out some unexpected news adding onto the weight of the burden.

But after a random and unexpected conversation with our chapel speaker, Justin Perry, as we were all talking in the office the other day, I ended up sharing a short version recap of my life over the past 9 months. And that recap reminded me that it is not just a story of the difficulties and loss that have come my way– but more boldly a loud reminder of the story of God’s amazing provision as He has continually, completely and totally taken care of me and my family in every single way; a new house, new job, food to eat and clothes to wear, new car, my church, new friendships, new opportunities to minister and so much more. Looking back it’s kind of daunting to remember all I have walked through, but somehow I made it, and it’s only because of Jesus. Though there was much rain, I don’t even have any mud on my shoes.

I needed that reminder once again, on that very day and in that very moment.

So why doubt that He won’t take care of me in the future? Though the road is unclear and the future is uncertain, one thing I do know is that God never changes. His promises are as true today as they were yesterday and will be tomorrow. I just have to keep my eyes on Him.

Many friends are going through complete devastation and loss down in my hometown of Spring, TX. It is almost unfathomable for some that I know that have lost so much. But just as God has been faithful before the storm, and during the storm, I know He will continue to be faithful after the storm. We just have to continue to lay it all at the feet of Jesus.

The truth is all of our lives are too heavy to bear the burden on our own. That is why we need to focus on loving the Lord, loving our neighbor and letting God take care of the rest. Don’t lay your burden down, and then go back to the rubble to pick out pieces to carry once again.

I cried many tears earlier this week about something pretty “insignificant”, but even in the “insignificant” God took care of it in amazing ways as He always does and He will do the same for you.

Pastor Justin encouraged me with the words of two songs one of which was “God Works in a Mysterious Way” by Cowper that has these beautiful words,

“His purposes will ripen fast, Unfolding every hour; The bud may have a bitter taste, But sweet will be the flow’r.”

The bud may have a bitter taste now…..but sweet…. sweet will be the flower. We have no reason to worry or fret because all we have to do is trust God and He truly will take care of the rest.

 

Pastor Justin, a church planter from Tampa, Florida, shared two powerful messages in chapel. If you want to listen, they can be found here.

 

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