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Our Five Minute Friday prompt this week is—PROVIDE. This largely unedited “rough draft” form of writing stretches this perfectionist, in the best of ways. We write for five minutes on a given word. If you’re interested in learning more about 5-Minute Fridays, check out the Five Minute Friday website. Or, click on the link at the bottom of this post. As you read my simpler Friday posts, I hope you’ll join in the conversation!
Each day, as I drive the boys to school, we pass this pond. I love it. It reflects the mountains when its surface is glassy. It provides food for geese and ducks and other birds.
It’s just pretty to me. Snapping pictures of it makes my spirit happy.
I’m sure as some people drive by and watch me walk to the pond to snap photos some mornings, they may think I’m just this side of crazy.
It’s a pond.
In the middle of a city.
Right next to a development of apartments.
But, God brings beauty from it. Through it. He offers food for the water fowl. And glimpses of His glorious color for those who take a second to glimpse that way when they drive past.
How much more does God provide for us? His provision may not look like we’d expect. Sometimes He doesn’t provide what we think we need.
He knows exactly what we need.
As the geese need a place to land, rest, and feed, so we need places in our days—our lives—to land and be filled. Physically Spiritually. Soul-fully.
And He gives this. In Psalm 23, the first verse is meaningful to me. “The Lord is my shepherd. I shall not want.”
He knows what I need. If He’s provided something—whatever that is—He knows I needed it.
And, if He doesn’t give me something I think I need . . . did I really need it?
I have seen Him provide for many of our family’s needs, and a number of our wants.
But those things He hasn’t given . . .
sometimes He’s saying, “Wait.”
Other times He’s saying, “This isn’t My best for you, Daughter.”
Like those geese, I need to trust that He knows. And if He hasn’t given it, then I must not need it.
He has a better plan for me. For my life.
As I walk through my days, I want to see His beauty. His provision. I want to be on the lookout for His presence in my days.
What about you? How have you seen God provide in your life? When has he not given you something you thought you needed and offered you something better instead?
I’m linking up with Five Minute Friday—Provide