cropped-rose-white-and-pinkMatthew 6:8, “Your Father knows the things you have need of before you ask Him”

Philippians 4:19, “My God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus”

A poorly dressed lady with a look of defeat on her face, walked into a grocery store. She approached the owner of the store in a most humble manner and asked if he would let her charge a few groceries. She softly explained that her husband was unable to work, they had seven children and they needed food. John Longhouse, the grocer, scoffed at her and requested that she leave his store. Visualizing the family needs, she said: “Please, sir! I will bring you the money just as soon as I can.” John told her he could not give her credit, as she did not have a charge account at his store.

Standing beside the counter was a customer who overheard the conversation between the two. The customer walked forward and told the grocer that he would stand good for whatever she needed for her family. The grocer said in a very reluctant voice, “Do you have a grocery list?” Louise replied, “Yes sir.” “O.K.” he said, “put your grocery list on the scales and whatever your grocery list weighs, I will give you that amount in groceries.” Louise, hesitated a moment with a bowed head, then she reached into her purse and took out a piece of paper and scribbled something on it. She then laid the piece of paper on the scale carefully with her head still bowed.

The eyes of the grocer and the customer showed amazement when the scales went down and stayed down. The grocer, staring at the scales, turned slowly to the customer and said begrudgingly, “I can’t believe it.” The customer smiled and the grocer started putting the groceries on the other side of the scales. The scale did not balance. So he continued to put more and more groceries on them until the scales would hold no more. The grocer stood there in utter disbelief.

Finally, he grabbed the piece of paper from the scales and looked at it with greater amazement. It was not a grocery list. It was a prayer which said: “Dear Lord, you know my needs and I am leaving this in your hands”. The grocer gave her the groceries that he had gathered and stood in stunned silence. Louise thanked him and left the store. The customer handed a fifty-dollar bill to the grocer and said, “It was worth every penny of it.” Only God Knows how much a prayer weighs.

Further reflection:

Rebecca was at her lowest as she drove her aging car to the day care center to pick up her daughter. Her boss was making life very difficult again. The landlord was raising the rent. As a single mom, she felt all alone. “I’m trying my best,” she told God. “Please help me.” Just then these words by Don Moen came on the radio in a song:

God will make a way
Where there seems to be no way;
He works in ways we cannot see,
He will make a way for me.

“Please do that for me, God.” Rebecca pleaded. “I can’t go any further.” The psalmist David too called out to the Lord when he was in desperate straits. He prayed, “Hear, O LORD, when I cry with my voice!” (Psalm 27:7). The David testified expectantly, “Wait on the LORD; be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart” (Psalm 27:14).

God specializes in showing His power in hopeless situations. Israel was in just such a place when God parted the Red Sea before them (Exodus 13:17-14:31). Daniel was protected in the lion’s den (Daniel 6:10-23). The Apostle Paul and Silas were delivered from prison (Acts 16:25-40). God also made a way for Rebecca too. A better job she had applied for months earlier suddenly opened up. The increase in her income would cover the rent. Then a family in her church made a newer car available to her.

Many times I believe we may be tempted to think that God, our Creator, who upholds galaxies upon galaxies, can’t possibly be concerned about us and our problems. However, Jesus said that the heavenly Father notices and cares for the needs of even the smallest animals, and that we are of much greater value (Matthew 6:26). He knows our names and He meets our needs one day at a time.

God is never too busy to listen to His precious children.