God is committed to providing for me.
“Then He said, “Go out, and stand on the mountain before the Lord.” And behold, the Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind tore into the mountains and broke the rocks in pieces before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind; and after the wind an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake; and after the earthquake a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire; and after the fire a still small voice...Suddenly a voice came to him, and said, “What are you doing here, Elijah?”
- 1 Kings 19:11-12, 13b (New King James Version)
This morning I was STRUGGLING to figure out what to write about in today’s newsletter. A few months back I gave up trying to think of things to write about each week and have just been trusting God to give me a word, literally. And He’s been doing just that.
But this week I just hadn’t gotten that word yet. I sat at my computer, Google doc open, ready to type. Even started typing some of what I was thinking it might be but I kept erasing it because I knew it wasn’t it. Then, I can’t even remember why now but, I “randomly” felt like texting a friend of mine. So I did and we ended up having one of those good, deep conversations I love having. We had wrapped it up at a certain point but then she happened to casually mention, hey you should share these nuggets with your audience.
It never even dawned on me during the convo that this was the provision I had been seeking until she texted those words.
Ain’t God good?! Not only will He give you what you’ve been asking for but He’ll also give you the eyes to see it when you miss it at first! This whole experience and several others like it that I’ve had since leaving my 9-5 have taught me this:
God’s way of providing just doesn’t always come the way we expect.
It’s like in this week’s scripture where Elijah may have thought that God’s direction was going to come from the strong wind or the earthquake but it ended up coming from a tiny little voice. Sometimes we think God is going to provide a certain way, or the way He’s always done in the past, but occasionally He works differently and I respect Him for that. He doesn’t allow Himself to be predictable. When He could let our relationship get boring and stagnant, He chooses to spice it up. (now that’s a word for a whole ‘nother devotional 👀🍵 lol)
It can be rough though when you’re feeling discouraged because provision hasn’t come like it normally does. If you’re experiencing that right now, I challenge you to embrace the unconventional. That just might be how God is working for you in this moment. Ask Him to give you eyes and ears to perceive what He’s doing. And no matter what, trust that He’s committed to getting provision to you by any means necessary.
Still hungry? Eat some more //
Isaiah 43:19 → God has built a reputation for doing the unconventional. But the one thing you can count on is that, no matter how He does it, He WILL do it.