All we had was a dollar and a chicken!
My husband laughs when he tells this story—but it was no laughing matter then!
It seems like yesterday when we put our house up for sale, packed our belongings—and moved once again!
Dave’s call to seminary meant leaving the beautiful rolling hills of Pennsylvania, and traveling half way across the country to the flat desert plains of Ft. Worth, Texas.
Two weeks after our arrival, we knew we were in trouble!
The house had not sold. The check had not come. We had two children to feed and no money for food!
Had we heard wrong?
When a knock on the door interrupted our doubting and despairing thoughts…. Dave opened the door and found a young man standing on our porch. At his feet were several bags of groceries and a large bag of potatoes!
“I can’t pay for these”, my teary eyed husband responded.
“These groceries are a gift from the Lord—and that’s all you need to know!”
We were dumbfounded—shocked—humbled, and oh so grateful to have food to put on the table.
Maybe this was God’s way of confirming we were right where He wanted us.
The young man left that day with a big smile on his face. No doubt he knew God had chosen him
to provide food for the new seminary family on the block. A student himself, he may have understood
the valuable lessons God wrote on our hearts that day—and the years to come.
Within a few days, the GI Bill check arrived—and a part time job was provided to supplement our income for the next three years. Our house sold six months later, enabling us to buy a smaller home—right across the street where our children went to school.
What lessons did we learn during those years of learning to trust God for our needs?
#1. God provides manna in the desert places of our lives.
#2. When we come to the end of our puny resources, God shows up and lavishes us with His abundance.
#3. Doubts and fears cannot quench the love that motivates our Father’s provision.
#4. God wants us to trust Him to meet our daily needs.
Maybe that’s why He taught us to pray, “Give us this day our daily bread”.
He is the God who fed the children of Israel with manna during forty years in the wilderness.
The God who fed Elijah by ravens when the brook dried up.
The God who fed the multitudes with two fishes, and five loaves.
There is another kind of hunger God longs to fill. The hunger within that thirsts for something more—
spiritual manna to fill the emptiness of our hearts.
He is Jesus—Yeshua—Salvation to all who believe and call upon His Name.
Will you come to the Table of Life He offers you?
“Why spend your money on food that does not give you strength? Why pay for food that does you no good? Listen to me, and you will eat what is good. You will enjoy the finest food”—Isaiah 55:1.
“The Spirit and the bride say, “Come.” Let anyone who hears this say, “Come.” Let anyone who is thirsty come. Let anyone who desires drink freely from the water of life”—Revelation 22:17.
Maybe the distractions and stresses of life have kept you from feasting at our Lord’s table. If so, listen to His Words and His promise.
“Look! Here I stand at the door and knock. If you hear me calling and open the door, I will come in and we will share a meal as friends.” Rev. 3:20