It can sometimes be easy to feel unprotected, like God doesn’t care, and like he won’t provide what we need. Sometimes we can get swept up, going from crisis to crisis, and we don’t always notice the ways that God has provided for us, but there are SO many ways. I am a person who works hard and plans ahead for the future, which is important, but I don’t always trust God that he cares about me or will provide for me, and that’s very bad. Today, my eyes have been opened a little, and I am really overwhelmed with how much God has really taken care of me, even just this past week.
For example, my stomach has been giving me a lot of pain for more than a month. I hoped to just get well on my own, but after many weeks of problems and pain, this week, several friends encouraged me to go to the doctor, plus a friend of mine who lives out of town but works as a gastroenterologist has been able to give me a lot of advice and comfort me. He even has his own opinion of what the doctor here will say and prescribe!
Next, I have a friend who has given me some much-needed advice concerning roof damage and insurance, who also helped me with a computer problem (if you know me, you know that technology isn’t usually my forte). Another friend recently helped me move a dining table set in her truck, and is helping me with a bunco party I am planning, which is something that I’ve never done, but apparently, she has done it many times! Meanwhile, I have two other friends I can count on with plant and yard problems, and this week, I even had an irrigation man come out to look at my sprinkler system, and he had an extra plastic cover in his truck that he gave to me for free (my old one was so old that the plastic was crumbling apart.) While he was at my house, he also looked at a weed eater that I have had trouble starting!
Not only has God provided for my needs through those generous friends, but he has even provided just treats that I didn’t need. This morning, after I talked about craving pancakes on the air, one wonderful friend provided me with some McDonald’s! (See the delicious picture at the top!)
Anyway, I guess all of this is to challenge you to look around you and be encouraged. If you are afraid that God does not care and won’t take care of you, think through some of the ways that God has used the body of believers to minister to you. You might end up as touched and overwhelmed as I am!