By Faith Friday: He Always Provides

In light of the season when many people around the world acknowledge the birth of a child 2,000 years ago,  I want to take this opportunity to share an amazing event that happened to me last Wednesday. 

On Wednesday, 12-12-12, I was shopping at Aldi.  We had just received a $5 off coupon in the mail and I had a number of things that I needed right away and a few that I decided to go ahead and purchase because you had to spend $30 to get the $5 off.  Well, I check out and hand the cashier the coupon.  She informed me that it wasn’t good until the 15th.  Seriously?!? I didn’t even need all the stuff I got right away but was just trying to reach the $30 minimum.  The store was packed, so I wasn’t about to have her take things off.  I told her of my disappointment at not reading the fine print and paid the full price.

As I was approaching my van, a very nicely dressed older woman stopped and stated, “Well, look there! Someone scratched my car! They didn’t stop to let me know or leave a note or anything.”  My response: “No one cares anymore.”  She agreed.  We went about our business of putting our groceries into our car.

All of a sudden, the lady walked over to me and got very close and said, “I believe the Lord is telling me to give this to you.”  I looked down to see her holding a folded up $100 bill.  I immediately stepped away and put my hands up and said, “We don’t need that.”  It only took a few seconds for me to get choked up.  I explained to her that I’m more of the giving-type, not the receiving.  She responded by telling me that its time for me to receive and that the Lord had chosen me for this money. {I’ll be honest with you that I was a little skeptical with her “revelation”.}  I reiterated to her again that all of our needs have been provided for and that others are in much greater need.  Again, she insisted.  Finally, I told her that if she gave me the money that I would only give it to someone else who needed it.  She slipped the money into my purse and said that it was now mine to do with what I wanted.  {Hug! Hug! Hug!}….And we parted.

I was overcome with the generosity of this complete stranger.  I started to drive away and make the list of all the people I know who could use the money.  {It was long, I might add.}  I called the person I know in most need.  I shared my story with her.  As is her character, she started praising God.  Then, she said, “We don’t need it.” She explained to me that they were recently really behind on bills and were about to have their utilities turned off.  After much prayer, a portion of the money came in an early bonus.  A large chunk still remained.  They, in their faithfulness, continued to pray for the remaining money.  {Let me stop here and tell you that this family does much in the way of trying to work for money.  They do not and actually refuse public assistance.  They continually serve others with what they do have.}  Finally, an anonymous person left a card stating their gratitude to this family for living Christ in their lives for all to see.  They were certain that the money in the card would be of help to them.  It was the exact amount they needed to pay off their bills!  So, her saying, “We don’t need it” was not exactly an accurate statement because they could use it for Christmas presents for their children who get very, very little.  But the Lord had once again proven His faithfulness to provide.  Instead, she pointed out to me two other people who could use it more!

I split up the money between two people and I know that it came as a welcome blessing.  The one had a bill to pay and she had been doing everything in her power to work for the remaining $60 she needed for the bill.  She was discouraged by the load of her schedule and lack of opportunity to earn the money.  Even though she was discouraged, she prayed, as is often modeled to her by her parents.  The Lord provided the needed $60 to her through a complete stranger in the Aldi parking lot!

For about an hour after the stranger provided for the needs of two people in the Aldi parking lot last Wednesday afternoon, I could smell her strong perfume on my sweater.  Normally, I would want to wash it off right away.  On that day, it was a sweet aroma of God’s provision!

You see, the Lord provides our needs — our physical, monetary, spiritual — every second of every day.  We often do not see this provision, but it can come to us through a stranger.  It can come to us when we’re least expecting it.  It can come to us at the 11th hour.  Much as the Christ-child came to us in the quiet stillness of that night two thousand years ago. He came into a world that would reject Him and crucify Him.  From before the foundation of the world, the Lord had provided the Lamb to save us-not from our bills, not from our bad day, not from our broken relationships-but from ourselves!  We are separated from a Holy God, but He Always Provides a way — He provided a Savior who is Christ the Lord.  He alone is the Way, the Truth, and the Life!

May you be blessed today by knowing that the Lord Always Provides for our needs.  Do you see him, know him? Seek HIM and rejoice!  For He has come to save sinners.

Praise God from Whom all blessings flow;

Praise Him, all creatures here below;

Praise Him above, ye heavenly host;

Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.

Amen

I wish you all a very Blessed and Merry Christmas!

{P.S. My oldest daughter blessed me in prayer after this event by thanking the Lord for providing all our needs.  She also asked that He would continue to help me serve others. Ah! She got the lesson!}

{P.P.S. My youngest daughter cried that I did not give her the $100.  She said, “I need it for toys and candy!”  We’re still working on her. 🙂 }

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The Willing Cook will not be posting next week to celebrate Christmas with family and friends.  Don’t forget Allergy-Free Wednesdays: Holiday Edition runs for 2 weeks.

 

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8 Responses to By Faith Friday: He Always Provides

  1. Heather says:

    What a great story! I am thankful for the “daily bread” He provides and all the trimmings!
    Recently, our church was able to provide food to a family with many needs. As I was helping organize the canned food with the mom, another woman came in. She said she received too much fresh produce from the food pantry, was there someone else who could use some. Ha, right here! Taking the food to the car, the mom said she has a car seat her child doesn’t need any more. And guess what? I know someone at church who can use that seat.
    It’s wonderful just to witness God provide for needs and allow those in need to also be providers! 😀
    Thankful for God’s grace & His gift of salvation through His son. Your daughters…sound just like mine. 🙂

  2. Molly says:

    Beautifully written, and what an amazing story! I don’t understand how some say God doesn’t perform miracles anymore when we see such evidence in circumstances like this! Thank you for sharing this! Praise God that He always provides, and for His wonderful gift of Jesus and salvation through Him! Merry Christmas to you and your family!

  3. India Leigh says:

    Wow! great story. I guess ‘He’ is always there. Even when sometimes it takes hindsight to recognise his work.

  4. Allison says:

    I was hoping to hear more about this story. What an amazing blessing. I hope to pass on the same lessons to my little girl.

  5. Kayla P says:

    That is AWESOME! What a great story! Even though it shouldn’t, it always amazes me the way the Lord provides.
    PS…your daughter made me laugh with her comment 🙂

  6. Kristen says:

    Michelle….catching up on your blog after a busy holiday and what a blessing to read this story! How beautiful and wondrous are His ways! Thanks so much for sharing and for the reminder that there is always someone more in need than we are, and that the Lord does indeed provide for us. Missing you, my dear friend!

  7. Freda says:

    Thanks for sharing this! I loved hearing how the Lord provided for each family/individual you mentioned. How encouraging!

    And… based on another post, it looks as if your birthday is coming up! Happy Birthday!

    • Cook says:

      Thank you, Freda! It was earlier in the week 🙂

      I’m so glad to hear the post encouraged you as it continues to encourage others and myself!

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