God Provides

It’s easy to say, “God will provide,” but harder to believe it until after it happens.

Yesterday, a local farmer baled our hay. We knew it would rain that night, and hay can’t be rained on or it will be ruined. We planned ahead, told the farmer to push the loads into the barns and we’ll shut the door and stack another day.

His equipment was too tall and the barn doors too low.

Suddenly, we had to stack all the hay that night, or we would lose the entire crop.

I panicked – the task was impossible for the two of us to accomplish alone. Who would help us at such short notice? What if no one came? What if we lost all the hay? We would have paid for hay and gotten nothing, we would have no food for the animals over winter and have to buy hay, we would have to dispose of hundreds of heavy bales of hay that were rained on and useless.

God will provide. He always does.

But I jumped to the worst case instead. I didn’t need to.

An hour after I had my ‘worst case scenario’ moment, a team of six people joined us stacking – some we knew, some were strangers willing to help. We got everything in the barn before the rain, with an hour to spare.

It is easy to look back and say, “Yes, God provided.” Clearly he did!

For me, it was impossible for me to think about what lay ahead and say, “God will provide.”

I didn’t follow Jesus’ words in Luke 12. V22 “…Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life…v25 Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to your life?”

Jesus says that God clothes the grass in the field which is here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow (or in our case, in the field one day, baled, and stacked in a barn the next), but that we are much more valuable.

Shame on me; I didn’t believe him.

God is full of grace: he provided anyway. Thank goodness he is patient, or he would have given up on me, on all of us, a long time ago.

Do you believe God will provide? How do you act on it?


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