provision

provision

“For just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so my ways are higher than your ways and my thoughts higher than your thoughts. The rain and snow come down from the heavens and stay on the ground to water the earth. They cause the grain to grow, producing seed for the farmer and bread for the hungry.” Isaiah 55:10-11

Standing under a clear blue sky, looking up at the majesty of God’s handiwork, I’m struck by the thought of His provision for us. Snows came this winter and more than just covering His hills in beauty, they have brought His water to us. Not the waters needed today, but water for the days ahead.

As the spring comes, and summer after it, the sun begins to melt the winter’s snow. Little streams pour from the snow. In the lowlands first, the reservoirs are filled, then gradually as we walk up the hills we see a water supply for later this summer and fall. Snow gradually melts, creating little mountain brooks, which become rushing streams, then full creeks andraging rivers. All the farmers and people were provided for, months before they asked.

In the same way, we could walk into the nursery of an expectant mother and find everything ready for her baby. A crib, a changing table, a supply of diapers, a mobile to amuse their child as it lays in the crib, a swing, and all wonderfully decorated in anticipation of the little one. Nothing the babe could want has been left out; this child will have everything they need before it even has the understanding to ask.

We are like the child, never in need of anything that catches our Father by surprise. In fact, much of what we need has been put in place long before we knew we had the need and asked Him to somehow provide it for us.

“God has stored all the blessings of goodness in Jesus. In eternal ages, in the incarnation, the cross, the ascension, He has prepared beforehand for every possible need of our spiritual life. Whenever you pray, remember that you are not to procure un-thought-of help; but to avail yourself of the goodness with which God has anticipated your coming” – F. B. Meyer

If you’re a little like me, this should cause your perspective to shift. Our Father is anticipating our coming. In Romans 8, we are affirmed not as fearful slaves afraid of what our evil master might do, but as God’s own children who are free to call on Him as our Father. And how much more appeal is there for us to run too our Father if we know He is sitting ready, having stored up every blessing for us? Friends, our Father has already set aside all we need, and He is patiently waiting for us to enter His Presence. Our desires and concerns have already been considered, and provisioned. How great is His love for you and me?

layers

layers

a desperate reach

a desperate reach