“Thank you for giving us a little bit of sunshine so we could play outside today and a little bit of rain to wash away the pollen.”
These were the words of my 8-year-old tonight as he prayed over our dinner. As he said “Amen” my wife and I looked at each other thinking that sometimes the most profound words come out of such a small package.
After all, isn’t this what God wants us to do? Sometimes He gives us sunshine and playtime outside. Sometimes He gives us rain to wash away the pollen. Usually we are upset when the rain comes because it stops us from doing what we want to do.
But God says in His word that He will give us just what we need if only we will trust Him:
- Matthew 5:11 Give us this day our daily bread…
- Psalm 23: 1 The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.
- Philippians 4:12 I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.
- 1 Timothy 6: 8 But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that.
This is where the difficulty lies. If we truly trust in God we have to be content with what He gives us. I know that I have never gone without; however, I have had some lean times when I had to trust in Him to provide for my most basic of needs. In these times, I grew closer to God than I ever had before.
When we get to a point of total reliance on God, He will step in at the perfect time and deliver us. Just today I had a prayer answered that I had been praying over for over a year. I have been asking God to provide for a need in His perfect timing. I can honestly say that I never doubted that He would provide. Sometimes it has been tough waiting, but I know that He can provide for my needs so much better than I can. In fact, sometimes I mess things up if I don’t wait on His timing.
I am working on developing that child-like faith that I saw tonight at the dinner table. Wouldn’t it be great to just thank God at the end of the day for whatever He gave you? Instead of complaining when things don’t go our way, just thank Him for your blessings and just see what He is going to do next.
I know that this is can be difficult, but if we focus on the Son and thank Him for the rain, we just may be surprised at what the next day brings.