Our doggie is a bit underweight.
in an effort to fatten him up, I’ve been cooking a rice-n-meat mixture to add to his dry kibbles. He loves it!
I fed him the last of my precooked blend last night, so this morning I needed to make more. It’s not yet mealtime and he’s not yet hungry. But I know what’s coming.
I stepped into the kitchen and realized I was out of tuna. With a bit of rummaging I discovered a frozen chunk of beef that would make an appealing substitute. I thawed the chunk in the microwave, chopped it into small pieces, placed them in the rice pot along with some frozen peas. Added water and stirred, waited till it boiled then put the lid on and turned it down to simmer.
all the while the little DooleyBop slumbered blissfully in the other room.
But soon he’ll be waking up, stretching and giving me his most effective nonverbal message that he’s hungry.
I’m smiling in anticipation of his delight over those beef chunks!
Can you relate?
We do this with our pets, our kids, our siblings, our friends. Ever handed someone a pair of scissors at the moment they turned to ask for it? Ever added a water bottle to your kid’s backpack as he headed out the door? Ever washed a load of laundry late at night because come morning someone’s going to need something clean to wear?
It’s a normal, natural thing we do. Anticipating a need and making provision for it. I think we get that from God. Because it’s what He does too.
There’s a name of His that I absolutely love: Jehovah-jireh. The Lord will see, or The Lord will provide.
Back in Bible times names were given according to a person’s character. God’s very character is to notice a need and then to make provision for it. Anticipating and providing. Like a good parent. Like a good pet owner.
Ever realized you need something, glanced up at God to see Him holding out a pair of scissors, “You need these?”
Often His provision is perfectly timed, arriving at the very moment the need arises. And sometimes He’s ahead of the game. But I’ve noticed that occasionally He’ll intentionally delay His provision. The need is there and He’s completely aware of it. But He waits. And waits. “Do you trust Me?”
“How about now; you still trust Me?”
And that’s when it gets really good. Because it’s easy to trust when the wait is short. But when there’s a delay and the delay turns into way longer than we think is necessary, the trusting becomes hard. When there’s no hope in sight, no answer on the horizon, no one to step in and help when God’s taking too long. When all you’ve got left are His bare promises: I’m the One who Sees and therefore Provides. I’m the Almighty One. I’m the One who loves you.
That’s when the words “I’m trusting you, God” moves from glib response to steely resolve. And settles deep in one’s very soul.
“I’m trusting You. Solely because You promised, and You keep your promises.”
My doggie got hungry, like I knew he would. And he loved the beefy mixture I prepared for him, even licking the bowl clean, just as I anticipated.