My last entry may have seemed complaining. I hope everybody knows I was talking tongue-in-cheek. While cabin fever has truly set in in these parts, I still have a joy that cannot be shaken! 🙂 Actually, I have had time to reflect on some of God’s goodness to me. I would like to share it with anyone reading this today.
God’s Word tells us not to worry about our needs, because He will take care of them. I was reminded of this tonight as we had our time of family devotions. The little story that Stephen read was about a boy on a bus who was always worrying about what the bus driver was doing. His parents explained to him that God cares and we need to “let Him worry about it.” I realize that God doesn’t worry, but He does care.
I have my own little story- a testimony- about leaving the worry with the Lord:
This time last year was VERY tight in our home. Able Sign was not doing well at all. Work was hardly coming in. Customers were not paying their bills. Closing the business seemed like the only available option. Stephen and Dad even started looking for other work. Personally, we did not receive a paycheck for over a month. Things looked bleak.
During that time, Stephen and I were on our knees, asking for wisdom and guidance in what needed to happen. We also spent much time recalling other times when God had provided for our needs… especially in college. God used those previous trials to prepare us for this one, and although there were times when worry would creep into each of us, God’s Word and the reminders of His past goodness kept us expectant of His provision.
Work eventually started coming in. It started slowly, and kept growing. At the end-of-year meeting with our accountant, it was discovered that Able Sign had its best year yet. Stephen is so busy right now, he hardly knows where to begin. What a difference a year can make! What a difference the Lord can make!
Looking at that time, we were still able to meet all of our financial obligations. The books do not add up because we should not have been able to do that. It was the Lord! He provided for our needs then and continues to. He saw fit to keep Able Sign opened and flourished it. All any of us involved in the business can do is praise God for His mighty works.
I love to be able to tell people that the Lord provides, because I can confidently say He has provided for us time and time and time again. Never have I had someone still discouraged after telling them my testimony of God’s provision. He is real. He is King. He is involved in every detail of our lives.
My Shepherd will supply my need:
Jehovah is His Name;
In pastures fresh He makes me feed,
Beside the living stream.
He brings my wandering spirit back
When I forsake His ways,
And leads me, for His mercy’s sake,
In paths of truth and grace.
When I walk through the shades of death
Thy presence is my stay;
One word of Thy supporting breath
Drives all my fears away.
Thy hand, in sight of all my foes,
Doth still my table spread;
My cup with blessings overflows,
Thine oil anoints my head.
The sure provisions of my God
Attend me all my days;
O may Thy house be my abode,
And all my work be praise.
There would I find a settled rest,
While others go and come;
No more a stranger, nor a guest,
But like a child at home.