Year 3—God Provides

2008-2009 was an interesting year.  As I ponder about how to summarize, I find myself a little stuck.

Much of the year was spent embarking on new beginnings—a new family, a new apartment, and a new name.

First Christmas in our apartment

With joy we also embraced the uncharted waters of being “aunt and uncle” not once, but three times.  It didn’t take long to see that Aunt Elizabeth and Uncle Bernie was an incredible job–you get your baby fix in and then at the end of the night, you go home and sleep in peace.




In January, an incredible job filled with many once-in-a-lifetime experiences came to a close.  Though I was tired and exhausted as I neared the end, I struggled to let go of something I invested my heart into for two and half years.  I reluctantly walked away and said, “Okay God, what’s next?”

A few months later, I watched as a long-term career aspiration was suddenly no longer a possibility.  I mourned the loss of an unfulfilled dream and struggled to make sense of the hows and whys.

Yet in the midst of it, God was faithful to provide several different vehicles that catered to my talents and desires.  Additionally, I saw God awaken new career dreams in my heart that I never knew I had, but now I can’t imagine my life without them.  

I relied heavily on the verse in Proverbs 16:9 that says,

“In his heart a man plans his course,
       but the Lord determines his steps.”   
I also clung to the promise in Psalm 138:8:
“The LORD will fulfill his purpose for me; your love, O LORD, endures forever— do not abandon the works of your hands.”
I thought I knew the way, but throughout the year, I continued to see that God has a plan, even though it may be difficult for me to see the big picture.

I also adjusted to a severe pay cut and quickly embraced the motto that frugal is fabulous.  Plus, in the midst of a tremendous economic downturn, savvy savings had never been so chic! I became an avid coupon cutter and squealed with delight when I managed to save around 55% off our original grocery bill.  What was fascinating to me was that even though I had to put a moratorium on shopping and by the world’s standard was living with less, I watched as in big ways and small ways, God faithfully provided for us time and time again.

“And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus.”
Philippians 4:19  
If I were to sum up this year in three words, without a doubt they are “God will provide.”  Spiritually, emotionally, relationally, financially—time and time again I saw the faithfulness of God and the abundant provision He bestows upon His children.    

“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?
And why do you worry about clothes? See how the lilies of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?  So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”
Matthew 6:25-34