Wednesday, February 23, 2011
Just a Way God Provided Part 1
I want to thank everyone for their prayers for the last couple weeks. Your support has been such a blessing! We are doing better, and God continues to instruct us and has answered so many prayers it leaves me speechless at times. I can't wait to see what God will continue to do through our trials, tribulations and triumphs .
Many times and in many ways God is working behind the scenes and we don’t realize it. This story is going to be one of those times. It has humbled me to a new level and with it I am asking God to deepen my faith.
The story begins about 5 weeks ago but I am going to start from 2 Saturdays ago. Saturday is the day I have discipleship with a woman named Winnie. She works for us doing laundry and the lunch cooking so I can homeschool the children. I can’t even begin to describe the blessing God has poured out through her servant spirit. She has become a friend and her life story has opened my eyes to a whole new world. We have been reading through the book of Matthew to discuss together. Winnie is a Christian, and has a huge desire to dig deep into God’s word and have an earnest understanding of it. This particular Saturday we were going over Matthew 6. Throughout the week I pondered on the scriptures and would get stuck on Matthew 6:25-34. I would read it over and over again remembering how God has wielded this scripture various times and various ways in my life thus far. Reading it this time became different.
“Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. “Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.
In light of the circumstances and poverty in the region of Karamoja, this scripture becomes more tangible. Never in my life have I lived in a place where food, and clothes were not readily available to everyone. As I sit across the table from Winnie, reading this scripture, we are worlds apart, but yet the promise is still the same. Worlds apart because I have never gone hungry apart from my own doing, I have never been without clothes, and I have never wondered where I would get water. Things are drastically different here than my comfortable life in America. Many people go without the essentials of life such as food, clothes, water. I am more than grateful that God has always supplied my physical needs, and as I listen to Winnie tell me a story about how God recently provided for her I am aghast at how God works.
To Be Continued.......You will have to wait til next week to hear the "rest of story". Sorry I don't have time to finish.