Have you ever played the game of Things? Well, if not, it goes something like this: you draw a card and it gives random topics and you write down your response. Here’s an example:
Things you don’t want to hear your boss say:
“We’re going out of business.”
About a month ago, I heard those exact words from my boss. I, along with my coworkers, found out less than two weeks before the closing date that we would no longer have jobs at the coffee shop. Wait a second. For those of you wondering who this random girl is posting on NLCF’s blog, I’m not a hacker. My name is Meg, and I’ve been a part of NLCF for about a year now. I graduated from Liberty University (go Flames!) in 2015, got married shortly after, and moved to Blacksburg (go Hokies?) shortly after that. My husband, Christian, is on staff with NLCF and I am so blessed to be a part of a family like this one. Now back to my story. If you could’ve seen what was going on in my head at the moment I heard I was losing my job, you would’ve thought you were watching the movie Inside Out. Sadness, anger, disgust, and fear were fighting it out. Sadness won at first. It gave me great joy to serve our customers and to serve my coworkers, as well. I saw God move in me and in others while I was there, and I am so grateful for my time at the coffee shop. After sadness came disgust and anger at how we were told our jobs would no longer be there. I was disappointed in the twelve days notice that we received. I was not looking forward to searching for another job. But, most of all, I was scared. I was scared I wouldn’t find a job immediately and we wouldn’t be able to pay our bills. I was scared we’d go into some major debt. Yes, I knew the words to say. I knew to talk about how the Lord provides and how everything will be fine. I knew those things but I didn’t feel them. It’s easy to believe God provides when we have a steady income to count on. But what happens when that disappears? What happens when we’re confronted with not knowing how provision will come?
How many times does God have to prove to me he can be trusted? I can’t even begin to count the number of times I’ve seen him provide when there was no other way. I’ve seen him come through so many times in support raising over the past few years. I’ve experienced his complete provision throughout college and in the first jobs I’ve had in Blacksburg. And I know that he promises he will take care of us and give us exactly what we need.
Matthew 6:25-34 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink, or about your body, what you will wear. Isn’t there more to life than food and more to the body than clothing? Look at the birds in the sky: They do not sow, or reap, or gather into barns, yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Aren’t you more valuable than they are? And which of you by worrying can add even one hour to his life? Why do you worry about clothing? Think about how the flowers of the field grow; they do not work or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his glory was clothed like one of these! And if this is how God clothes the wild grass, which is here today and tomorrow is tossed into the fire to heat the oven, won’t he clothe you even more, you people of little faith? So then, don’t worry saying, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear?’ For the unconverted pursue these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But above all pursue his kingdom and righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. So then, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Today has enough trouble of its own.
But even after all that I’ve seen him do and all that I know to be true, I was still fearful.
It’s moments like this, losing a job or not even having one or an unexpected expense, when we are thrust into places of having to trust what God says is true. Without knowing where money is going to come from, there really is no choice in the matter. We can trust that God will take care of us or we can worry and stress, and God will still take care of us. His character and his promises don’t change just because I have a hard time believing they are true sometimes. Praise the Lord for that! But it’s also in these moments where God desires our faith to get bigger. He pours his gentle Spirit out on us and testifies to our hearts that his words and his promises are in fact true. He’s saying, “I’ve got you. I always have and I always will. Trust me. Believe me.” God uses moments like these to reorient our hearts to believing his truth. Instead of fear, he wants us to feel rest in knowing he has us. I’ll be honest; it’s not my first reaction all the time, as you saw above. It’s not always my default to rest in his truth and promises. It doesn’t come easily, especially in difficult circumstances, but this is when we preach to ourselves God’s truth and we fight the lies and fear with Spirit-empowered faith in his promises.
Jesus reminds us that the flowers and the birds are taken care of and fully provided for, and he says we are so much more valuable! Because that’s true, how much more will he provide for and take care of us! In the past few weeks, we’ve seen the “much more” that Jesus was talking about. We’ve experienced God provide in ways we never saw coming, and he has given us everything we need and more.
So here’s another example of the game of Things:
Things the God of the Universe and your Creator says:
“I see you. I hear you. I know your needs. I promise to take care of you and provide all that you need. I will never fail.”
Philippians 4:19 And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.