Provided For

Read Luke 12:22-34

"If you obey all of my commandments, I will give you regular rains, and the land will yield bumper crops, and the trees will be loaded with fruit long after the normal time! Leviticus 26: 3-4 (TLB)

Kelly Desclos-Estes lives in Virginia. Her husband grew up working in his family garden and still enjoys growing his own vegetables. One year, they had an abundance of heavy rain. Roads closed, bridges were washed out, and large trees toppled over. When time to prepare the garden came, Kelly's husband was worried. The storms continued for days at a time. Kelly often saw her husband stare at the puddles from the window and shake his head.

On a day it didn't rain, her husband walked to the edge of the plot to see if to see if the sun had dried the soil enough to start tilling. From a distance he noticed small sprouts popping up from the ground. Since he hadn't planted anything, he strolled up for a closer look. He recognized the tiny vines immediately. Squash, cantaloupe, and watermelon from the previous year had reseeded and started to grow back.

As they gathered and ate their fresh harvest that year, Jesus' lesson in today's reading came to mind. For months Kelly's husband was concerned about starting his garden without realizing that God was steps ahead. Just as our Lord reminded the disciples not to worry, Kelly and her husband have learned to trust that God knows what they need and will always provide for them.

God will always provide for us too; we just need to trust and obey.

Prayer: Dear Father in heaven, thank you for your constant love. Strengthen our faith so that we may grow closer to you, in Jesus' name. Amen.

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