provision

Ever feel like there’s more month than money or more stress than supply?  If you’ve decided to follow Jesus, there’s a good chance that you might have some seasons that seem sparse, challenging & even stressful.  I was reading about Elijah this morning in 1 Kings & how there was a drought in Israel.  During the drought, God spoke to Elijah to go into the wilderness by a specific brook & God would make a provision for Elijah.  The provision was the brook & ravens bringing him breakfast & dinner.  After the brook dried up, God instructed Elijah to go to a particular town & that a widow was there who would take care of Elijah.  When Elijah obeyed, he learned that the widow was preparing to fix the last meal for herself & her son.

I find that both of these provisions (ravens & starving widows) were highly unconventional.  In our world, let’s not limit our obedience to God to conventional provisions.  Perhaps Elijah’s unconventional provisions were directly linked to his unconventional obedience to God – just something to think about ,)

variety doesn’t mean empty

  My boys woke up fairly early this morning & we’ve been sitting together reading a little bit.  They were just discussing between them what we could make for breakfast, given what we’ve had over the last few days (french toast, bacon, pancakes, etc).  They’re thinking of making cinnamon toast & I’m pushing for scrambled eggs for a protein boost.  Nevertheless, there are many different options for today’s breakfast 🙂

The same is true for God’s provisions in our lives.  I’m learning that God’s provisions for me come in lots of different ways.  Here are some of the varieties of ways that God provides in our lives:

  • time (unexpected cancelled activities, something takes less time than expected)
  • wisdom (creative ideas, insights, solutions, etc)
  • energy (strength in what has been draining)
  • quiet & still (these can be very rejuvenating)
  • encouragement & direction (even in small amounts & with 1 step at a time)
  • God’s presence – for me, there’s nothing more sustaining than when I am with God

So if you’re in a season that seems short on supply, perhaps it might be an interesting exercise to reconsider the various ways that God does supply for us 🙂