“Father sat down on the edge of the narrow bed. “Corrie,” he began gently, “when you and I go to Amsterdam-when do I give you your ticket?”
I sniffed a few times, considering this.
“Why, just before we get on the train.”
“Exactly. And our wise Father in heaven knows when we’re going to need things, too. Don’t run out ahead of Him, Corrie. When the time comes that some of us will have to die, you will look into your heart and find the strength you need-just in time.”

As I was listening to The Hiding Place: The Triumphant True Story of Corrie Ten Boom, a week or so ago, this quote just jumped up and bit me. I had to listen to it again, and again, which if you’ve ever listened to a book, you know can be tricky. As soon as I heard this quote, I knew it to be true because I had seen it and lived it through the life and death of my daughter, Helen. 

God indeed gives us the strength we need for the very thing that is right in front of us. No more, and no less. For so long, I’ve thought of God as a provider of physical needs, clothing, homes, food, etc. After all, in the Old Testament, we see God’s provision for the Israelites through the water that came bursting from the rock and the manna that fell down from heaven. Matthew 6: 31-32 says ” So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ If that doesn’t point to God as Provider of our physical needs, I don’t know what does. 

That’s great news for us, but there is even greater news. God is Provider of all that we need– comfort, strength, grace, forgiveness.

When Moses needed words before Pharoah, He gave Moses words. When Esther needed courage and boldness to go before the King, He gave her courage and boldness. When I needed strength to get through the pain of losing my daughter He gave me strength. As I continue to need strength, comfort, and grace to walk this path, He provides it.

Just like Corrie above, who couldn’t bear the thought of losing one of her parents to death, the thought of losing a child was always too much to bear. It’s still too much to bear. If I had known that we would suffer the death of a child, my life would have been full of agony, and I would suffer long before God would have prepared me to do so. Not only would my suffering be more than I was prepared for, but I would also miss out on the immense joy of the life I was living.

God indeed gives us just we need to face what is right in front of us, just as the Lord provided only enough manna for the day. Read below, Exodus 16:13-21.

13 “In the evening quail came up and covered the camp, and in the morning dew lay around the camp. 14 And when the dew had gone up, there was on the face of the wilderness a fine, flake-like thing, fine as frost on the ground. 15 When the people of Israel saw it, they said to one another, “What is it?”[a] For they did not know what it was. And Moses said to them, “It is the bread that the Lord has given you to eat. 16 This is what the Lord has commanded: ‘Gather of it, each one of you, as much as he can eat. You shall each take an omer,[b]according to the number of the persons that each of you has in his tent.’” 17 And the people of Israel did so. They gathered, some more, some less. 18 But when they measured it with an omer, whoever gathered much had nothing left over, and whoever gathered little had no lack. Each of them gathered as much as he could eat. 19 And Moses said to them, “Let no one leave any of it over till the morning.” 20 But they did not listen to Moses. Some left part of it till the morning, and it bred worms and stank. And Moses was angry with them. 21 Morning by morning they gathered it, each as much as he could eat; but when the sun grew hot, it melted.”

God provides exactly what we need, for whatever situation we’re in. If you’re in a period of waiting, uncertainty, or fear, do not go ahead of Him. He knows what lies ahead and He knows how to carry you through. He knows exactly what you will need and He has already provided it for you. God has the perfect gift hidden under his bed for you, ready to give it to His child as soon as she needs it, just as Corrie ten Boom’s father gave her her ticket right when she needed.

God is never early. He is never late. He is right on time. He not only knows what you need, (Matthew 6:8; 31-32) but He is the provider for it. You don’t have to go and find what it is you need, you only need to look up. 31 “But seek his kingdom, and these things will be given to you as well.” (Luke 12:31) “Look to the LORD and his strength; seek his face always.” (Psalm 105:4)

So, whatever you may need today, or worry you may need tomorrow, He will give it to you, but only enough for today. If we try to collect for tomorrow, it will spoil.

I’ll leave you with this song. Praying you can see God’s provision of all things, today. (Let’s worry about tomorrow, tomorrow.)

 

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