I shared on Wednesday the first three occasions which caused me to start looking more seriously at God as a provider for my needs. Today I’m going to the share the rest of the story.
On Tuesday morning I woke up at 5:00 am as I’ve been trying to do recently in order to have plenty of quiet prayer time before the kids get up.
In my prayer time with scripture I found an overwhelming theme: Trust
Psalm 131: A Prayer of Humble Trust “Lord, I have given up my pride and turned away from my arrogance. I am not concerned with great matters or with subjects too difficult for me. Instead, I am content and at peace. As a child lies quietly in its mother’s arms, so my heart is with in me. Israel, trust in the Lord now and forever!”
Mark 11:24; “When you pray and ask for something, believe that you will receive it, and you will be given whatever you ask for.”
My morning prayer after these was, “Lord, I hear you calling me to trust, to trust in how you can and WILL provide for my needs and the needs of my family. Jesus, I trust in you. (repeated 5 times).”
When I got downstairs following prayers I received the biggest test of this trust.
A rainstorm had come through Monday night into Tuesday morning. When I turned on the lights in our entryway I found that the roof had started leaking into our home. We’ve known all along that we needed to fix the roof and siding, but this hit me hard.
Unfortunately, (or fortunately) there was more. When I removed some of the door frame where the water was dripping to see if how much damage there was, I found black mold. With the water leaking in several places and then the mold, I found myself collapse on the floor in utter disbelief that not only would we fixing the roof and siding, but we’d also have to gut the entryway to fix any additional moisture/mold problems.
At this point I had already forgotten my morning prayer, but all I could do was say, “You will provide, show us the way.”
After I worked through the initial stages of shock, anger, distress, I came to a place of peace. I had enough common sense to ask for prayers, which helped immensely. And then God gave me insight.
The roof leaking revealed to us problems we would never have found on our own. The plan all along was to re-roof the house. If we never had the leaks, we would have never found the mold.
What I have learned from these experiences is to trust that God has a plan and though we may not always know it in advance, “We know that in all things God works for good with those who love him, those whom he has called according to his purpose” – Romans 8:28.