I glanced at my watch, realizing it was already 4 p.m. Disappointed in myself for getting so wrapped up in ministry tasks that I forgot to get to the grocery store, I sighed. Dillon doesn’t make many requests, but he had that day. He asked me to make his favorite potato soup on that cold night for dinner. In my mind I could already see the disappointment in his eyes when he would realize I didn’t fulfill my promise.
Five minutes later my daughter Karis walked in the door lugging a big bag and announced, “Potato delivery!” I ran to her to find out why she was bringing in a sack of potatoes, and she said our friend Mrs. Runyan had just given it to her.
How did Karen know? was my first thought. I then ran out to where she was parked in front of my house to find out what prompted her to bring me potatoes that afternoon (though I was pretty sure I already knew the answer to that!)
She said she had been at the grocery store buying potatoes and they were on a “buy one, get one free” special. Because she couldn’t imagine needing that many potatoes, she only picked up one bag. However, at the checkout counter the clerk convinced her that she might as well take the second bag since it was free. When unpacking the groceries at home, Karen again wondered what she would do with all the potatoes. She was headed to our house to pick up her son Ben, so I guess it seemed like a reasonable thing to bring food to a family of seven (do you think Karen felt led by the Holy Spirit as she brought potatoes our way?)
Another Matthew 6:33 moment. They come in many ways, sometimes in the form of a gentle reminder of something that I need to do and often in the form of a gift of needed clothing or food unexpectedly coming our way. Each time one of those moments happens I feel my loving Heavenly Father smiling and reminding me that he knows me and delights in meeting my needs when I surrender full trust to Him. I felt extra joy in watching Dillon enjoy dinner that night, and it tasted especially delicious as I reflected on the Lord’s loving provision and care.
Lord, help me not to worry about my life, what I will eat or drink; or about my body, what I will wear. I recognize that life is more important than food, and the body more important that clothes. Help me to look at how you care for the birds of the air, and realize how much more valuable I am to you than they. Help me to put all my energies into seeking you and trusting you. Amen.