My son’s fianćee and I have similar stories, although they take place thirty years apart. Both involve wedding ideas, prayer journals, dependency on God, unexpected provisions, and a whole lot of faith-building.
I thought of our stories today as I was reading in Mark 6:7-12.
Jesus sends out the 12 disciples and instructs them to take nothing except what they are currently wearing at that time.
Bring nothing else. No bread. No bag. No money. No extra clothing.
Why? I wondered. Why didn’t Jesus say, “Now, go and gather your belongings and prepare for this journey and then be on your way”?
In Luke 22:35 Jesus followed up with the disciples, “When I sent you without money, belt and bag, and sandals, did you lack anything?” They answered, “No. Nothing.”
Why would this passage be in scripture? What does it mean, I pondered… and how does this apply to us today?
Jesus wants our security to be in him, not ourselves. He wants us to depend on him, He wants us to experience firsthand the joy and peace found in surrendering our desire to control. He wants us to rest in him, knowing we lack nothing when we trust in him provisions.
I think you’ll agree. The pursuit in life seems to be to have more than enough to live comfortably, where needs and dreams are easily fulfilled. We would like to avoid any discomfort of a job loss, a financial set back, or any situation where we are not in complete control and wonder about our provisions.
But alas, that’s not what God desires. Yes, he wants us to work hard and with a great attitude. He wants us to be generous. But, he wants our dependency on him, not on ourselves.
Now, here comes the similar stories I thought of as I was reading that passage this morning.
When I was engaged thirty years ago, I kept a prayer journal of things I’d like for my wedding. Big and small. Inexpensive items and out-of-budget items. I knew I could trust God to meet needs and I also knew I could share the desires of my heart with him. In so doing, as I watched him provide, my faith increased!
Like many brides-to-be back then, before Pinterest, I looked through countless bridal magazines, tearing out pages of beautiful, expensive wedding gowns and adding them to my wedding binder. I had a very favorite that was – well, just a dream… but I wrote it in my journal anyway. Meanwhile, I continued going to bridal salons and trying on countless gowns looking for just the right one within my budget
A college friend had gotten married earlier that year, and one day randomly asked me, “Would you like to borrow my bridal gown?” Would you believe… it was THE VERY ONE I had admired from the bridal magazine! And, it was my size. #onlyGod
Talk about increasing my faith. Talk about excitement. This was far more exciting to see God work than if I would have had enough money to purchase at first sight.
That’s just one of countless wedding stories of God’s provisions touching my heart.
My children have grown up hearing our stories and experiencing their own – of depending on God and watching him provide.
Fast-forward thirty years. My son Daniel (#danielkickscancer) got engaged in December. I made sure to tell his lovely fiancée Gabi of the beautiful testimonies of God’s provisions for our wedding and the excitement of being dependent on him. I challenged Daniel and her to do likewise, recording requests and trusting God with great faith to provide beyond what she could ever ask or imagine.
Gabi has done just that. It’s her prayer journal for “little and big desires. She’s dreamed of this day her whole life and her Pinterest board is full of grand ideas that can’t be met outright. Of course, she’s trying to stay within a budget, crossing many things off the list, and looking for creative less-expensive ways to accomplish the same look. But, listen to this…
A few days ago, a friend of the family randomly gave her a check and said, “This is for your wedding dress.”
#mamalike #dependencyonGod #doyouknowhim
But wait… there’s more. Just four days prior to this unexpected provision in the form of a $1000 check, Gabi had recorded some verses on faith in her prayer journal. She listed prayers for finding a church and a reception venue…
… and she released things out of her control, accepting the Lord’s provisions as he so chooses to provide, even saying, ‘Prompt people to be generous and give.” For real… it’s right there in the journal below.
Boom! He did. #faithincreased #joyindependency #mamalike
Don’t miss an opportunity to see God provide in miraculous ways. Is there something you’re still trying to control or figure out on your own? Friend, you can rest in trusting God for his provisions.
Rhonda iwantyoutoknowHim ellis