Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Jehovah-jireh Jehovah-jireh . . . "The Lord will see" or often translated as "the Lord will provide." Our God sees our needs before we even know we have them and meets them in ways only he can. He has provided for my physical needs. When I was preparing to go to college I had no idea where all the money for tuition would come from. My mom encouraged me that my heavenly Father owned the cattle on a thousand hills, so I could trust him with my needs. Every car and moped I've ever owned was a gift from Him. Every mission trip I've taken was fully funded by His limitless funds. He has provided for my needs for friendship. He has given me time and again exactly the friends I needed. I love telling about how I met Corrina. I had just moved to JongLi as an exchange student, and didn't know anyone in the town. I went to a local church, and a woman sat next to me and asked if she could translate for me. Afterwords, she asked where I was from--nothing odd about that. "America." Then she asked where in America--nothing weird about that either. "Texas." Then she asked where in Texas--ok, that's weird. "Oh, well my family is in Austin, and I go to school in Dallas". Then she asked where in Dallas--that was REALLY strange. "Just some little school you've never heard of." But she insisted that I tell her. "Dallas Baptis . . . ." "THATS WHERE I WENT TOO!!!!" she screamed as she interpreted me. From that moment on I was her adopted younger sister. Exactly what I needed. He has done things like this over and over in ways that only He could. He meets our big needs. He meets our small needs. He meets our every need. He has defiantly met my biggest need . . . a need for a Savior. And, if He has met that need, there is no reason why I can't trust Him with all my other needs. It is not always easy to place our confidence in an unseen God. Sometimes He asks us to trust him with situations that seem ro be in the "there is no way" category . . . but He always "makes a way." Just like He asked Abraham to trust Him in Genesis 22. God foresaw the need and He already knew how He was going to meet it. He is Jehovah-jireh . . . the One who will see. And, that is the beauty of God's provision. He sees our needs in advance and provides for every need according to His riches in glory (Philippines 4:19). His resouces are unlimited!! How has God provided for you recently? To answer you could share a comment here or write it up on your own blog post and submit it to the Carnival of Beauty--this week's theme is the Beauty of God's Provision and is being hosted by Amy at Untangling...
the tale of a bottle of lavander bath power Taiwan has this great chain store called Working House. Each store is rather small, but they are kinda like a miniature Bed, Bath, and Beyond or kinda like all the decorating stuff from Target in its own little store. It has a definite "Western feel" to it. Anyway, point is I like to shop there for the occasional splurge. And, since, they gave me a 30% off coupon for my birthday month, I decided to stop by there tonight. I got some stuff for my new pink bedroom (pictures coming soon) and a bottle of lavender bath powder. I placed my bag of goodies on the "floorboard" of my moped, popped on my helmet and headed home. Halfway through a LARGE intersection, I heard "KA-THUD!" When I finished crossing the intersection, I pulled over to see what happened. And, I saw my lovely new bottle of bath power lying helplessly in the middle of the intersection near the crosswalk. Thoughts began to fill my head: Is it worth it to go after my little bottle of bath power? Will my little bottle cause an accident if it is not retrieved? Whatever do I do? The light that let me though was still green. So cars and mopeds were still whizzing through the intersection. Not a single one of them hitting my little bottle of lavender bath powder. I decide right then that if the little bottle makes it through the next light change I will go rescue it. So, I stand at the corner of the busy intersection with my eyes glued on the little bottle of lavender bath powder. Mopeds whiz by to the left of the little bottle. Mopeds zoom by to the right of the little bottle. Cars pass over the little bottle. If you've ever seen a Taiwanese intersection you understand just how crazy they can be. I stood there in shock as vehicle after vehicle passed by my little purple bottle with not one of them touching it at all. Hope began to rise inside as I saw from the corner of my eye the stop-light clock ticking down--the little bottle only had to survive 10 more seconds before I could walk across the crosswalk to save it. The light changed, I stepped off the curb and "BAM" a taxi hit the side of the little bottle. He sent that purple bottle spinning across the pavement so fast the wrapper flew off. Do you wanna know where the bottle stopped spinning? Just inches from where I stood. I bent down picked up my little bottle of lavender bath powder and marveled at how it survived it's adventure in the intersection. The only damage to the bottle is that it lost it's wrapper and is a little dented on one side. So, now I am off to go open that little bottle of lavender bath powder and enjoy its insides. Good night!

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