We didn’t even get a chance to pray about it yet, and it was provided. This keeps happening. One thing after another.
You see, Scott’s legs are getting weaker. It’s just starting to happen, but we know that once his arms started to get weak within 6 months they progressed rapidly. We know we need to hope for the best but prepare for the worst.
Within a week, God has provided a wheelchair (top of the line one at that!), a trailer for the chair, a ramp, and a stair lift. Thousands of dollars of equipment.
We were still absorbing what was happening, we didn’t even get a chance to pray about it yet. And already, He provided.
And I am so thankful for that.
But I found myself asking, “God, why would answer a need we haven’t even asked for yet, but you haven’t answered our prayer for a healing?”
Why this need and not THAT one?
Why answer a prayer we haven’t even prayed yet, and ignore one we so fervently ask everyday?
Matthew 6:25-34 was brought to mind. In these verses, we are reminded us not to worry about having enough. Enough to eat, enough to wear. He promises to provide those things for us.
In The Message, verses 33-34 are translated like this:
If God gives such attention to the appearance of wildflowers—most of which are never even seen—don’t you think he’ll attend to you, take pride in you, do his best for you? What I’m trying to do here is to get you to relax, to not be so preoccupied with getting, so you can respond to God’s giving. People who don’t know God and the way he works fuss over these things, but you know both God and how he works. Steep your life in God-reality, God-initiative, God-provisions. Don’t worry about missing out. You’ll find all your everyday human concerns will be met.
Relax. Don’t be so preoccupied with getting, so you can respond to God’s giving. Wow.
Give your entire attention to what God is doing right now, and don’t get worked up about what may or may not happen tomorrow. God will help you deal with whatever hard things come up when the time comes.
Today the God reality is He shows us He is here continually.
The God initiative has been taken.
God’s provisions are abundant.
Why this prayer, and not that prayer? I don’t know. But for today, my everyday human concerns have been met. Just like He said they would be.
And that’s enough for me .
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