My lesson of the day – following God into the unknown is not a promise of easiness. It has become a subconscious expectation in my life that my commitment to Christ should gain me a life where everything goes the way I want and nothing difficult or bad happens. This may be a bit of a generalization but I think that many Christians can relate to either hearing this message or believing this message about our faith. Flip on the TV and most of what you hear from preachers fall in this same line of thinking. The Bible, however, predicts a different future for us. It seems the thing that sets Christians apart is not a lack of difficulty; it is (or should be) the response to our difficulties.
Today, Chris and I hit a bump in the road. Although this was not a literal bump, it could have been, as we discovered that one of the tires on the truck we just purchased is leaking air, and quickly. We hoped and prayed that a patch would fix the issue, but after 2 hours of waiting at the service shop, they said we would need a new tire. Ugh. As if that wasn’t bad enough, we got this news at 8:30pm and all of the tire shops were closed. This is our only vehicle right now, so the thought of not getting it fixed today could mean a tow in the morning. That is the last thing we wanted to hear. This news just seemed to deflate our spirits as well.
It would have been nice if there never was an issue with our tire, or if, as we prayed, it would be an easy fix. But God isn’t always as interested in the easy, cheap fix as we are. Why is that? It would not have been that hard for Him to fix. Certainly, as Chris and I take this huge leap of faith, leave jobs, homes, and community to share a message that He laid on our hearts, He could at least help us out financially with not needing to buy a new tire, right? How easy it is for me to jump to this place. But, this the beginning of a long line of tests that I think God is going to give me so that I can really understand what His provision means.
Earlier today, we received a phone call from someone who wanted to give us a one-time gift of support. It was incredibly encouraging to have some friends step out and help us do what we feel God is telling us to do. My mind (remember, I am a planner) easily found a use for the money in our budget and I may have plotted out the best way to put it to use, but now, as I think about it, it is pretty incredible that this gift is more than enough to pay for a new tire. Sometimes, we get caught up in the frustration of having something go wrong that we miss how God already provided an answer.
So I will rewind and try a different response to our need to purchase a new tire. Thank you to all the friends who have shared of their resources with us. You truly are God’s provision in our time of need. And, thanks to our Father, who knows our needs and meets them. Today, he met the need before we even knew we had it. Tonight, I am grateful for the little, sometimes irritating reminders that point me to the faithfulness of my God. He provided for my needs today, and that is more than enough reason to be thankful.
So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them.