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Saturday, July 19, 2008

Jehovah-Jireh ~ The Lord will Provide

I have decided that one of the reason that God has blessed me with this need to put words down on paper is to insure that there is an accurate record (at least where my life is concerned) of how faithful and great God is.

When God shows up in mighty ways and even in small ways I feel Him prompting me to record the events so that they will be remembered by me and those who will read them.

I can not help but draw some similarities in my own life to that of Luke’s, when things happen in my life that are very clearly the hand of God it is as if I must stop right then and get them written down.

Luke possibly felt that way as he began his work to record all that Christ had done.

LK 1:1 Many have undertaken to draw up an account of the things that have been fulfilled among us, 2 just as they were handed down to us by those who from the first were eyewitnesses and servants of the word. 3 Therefore, since I myself have carefully investigated everything from the beginning, it seemed good also to me to write an orderly account for you, most excellent Theophilus, 4 so that you may know the certainty of the things you have been taught.

So that you all may know the certainty of how amazing our God is I will tell you of His abundant provision that will add flavor to my life as well as the lives of others.

We made the decision on Thursday evening. A member of my accountability group came to us and shared about an outreach project that has been going on at our church.

Several people have been reaching out to some families at an extended stay motel in the community. They were in the process of helping one of the families transition from the hotel into a small rental home and were helping them move in.

In conversation with one of the women who will be helping this family with their move my friend came up with the idea of putting together a small housewarming gift and wondered if as a small group this might be a project that we could do together.

We discussed this and all agreed that we would begin to pull together specific items. One member of our group was going to purchase household cleaning supplies, the other was going to get some small kitchen items such as towels, wooden spoons and other miscellaneous things and I decided to purchase some dry pantry items… flour, sugar, salt etc.

The very next day (God has perfect timing) my husband returned from a business trip. He had gone to North Carolina to a manufacturing plant to do whatever it is that he does at these places. When the job was finished and he was packing up his equipment the manager of the plant handed him a medium sized box, a thank you for your trouble kind of thing.

He returned home, brought in his suitcase and then a few minutes later he brings in this other box.

He announces “I have a present for you!”

I love small surprises. I “eagerly” (are you proud of me SK) went into my kitchen to see what it was. He cut the tape across the top and opened the box.
We began to empty the contents of this box onto the kitchen counter.

There was sea salt, there was kosher salt, there was seasoned salt, there was lemon pepper, there was lime pepper, out and out it came.

Quite possible more salt and pepper that I can use in two years or more.

“Oh WOW! God is so good!” I exclaimed as we lined up all the varying containers on the kitchen counter.

I then shared with my husband the decision we had made to put together the housewarming gift for this family and that I had decided to provide the dry pantry items.

How good and great is our God for knowing in advance what is going to happen and to provide me with not only enough salt and pepper for my household for the next several (several....) months but with the abundance that was provided I have enough to generously share with this family as well.

The Lord likes salt (LEV 2:13 how cool is this), that much is clear in the abundance that He provided for my family as well as this anonymous family.

LEV 2:13 Season all your grain offerings with salt. Do not leave the salt of the covenant of your God out of your grain offerings; add salt to all your offerings.

Our lives would be bland and flavorless without this very simple ingredient.
But on a larger scale we are challenged to have salt in out spiritual lives as well. We are challenged to season every aspect of our lives with spiritual salt. To meet every day with the salt that comes from Christ.
We are challenged to have salt in ourselves and to be at peace with each other.

MK 9:50 "Salt is good, but if it loses its saltiness, how can you make it salty again? Have salt in yourselves, and be at peace with each other."

God is so good, He adds flavor to all thing!


skoots1mom said...

how COOL is God??!!
wooo hooo! love it!

Paula (SweetPea) said...

Yes God is so good and He does add flavor to all things...a rare flavor I might add.
:-)Thanks for sharing His goodness to you.

Sarah said...

that is sooooooo cool of God.

Mary said...

I can identify with you in having a desire to write so that you can see the workings of God in your life. Many years ago I prayed that God would guide my thoughts as I wrote in my journal so that I would see His hand like a golden thread weaving throughout its pages.
Through the years we forget many things and what we write can be a sweet reminder of the blessings of God in sunshine or rain!

Wonderful thoughts on salt! And I smiled when I saw the word "eagerly" used. . thanks to SK for her lesson in words!

godlover said...

What a great post, Robin, and what a great God we have!!! Isn't He incredible!!! I love it when He works like this and shows His hand to us. He always knows what's in the card even when we keep them close to our vests! I think I owe you an email. I'll get to it, I'm just a little under the weather right now.


skoots1mom said...

You're tagged...

One of my favorite blog buddies (http://keepthelightshining.blogspot.com/)"tagged" me with a new meme (thoughts transmitted from one blogger to a group) and each member of the group answers the same questions/ideas and continues the process.

Here are the tag rules:
1. Link to the person who tagged you.
2. Post the rules on your blog.
3. Write six random things about yourself.
4. Tag six people at the end of your post and link to them.
5. Let each person know they've been tagged by leaving a comment on their blog.
6. Let the tagger know when your entry is up.

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