Oh give thanks to the Lord; call upon his name;
make known his deeds among the peoples!
Sing to him, sing praises to him;
tell of all his wondrous works!
Glory in his holy name;
let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice!
Seek the Lord and his strength;
seek his presence continually!
Remember the wondrous works that he has done,
his miracles, and the judgments he uttered… Psalm 105:1-5
Praise the Lord!
Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good,
for his steadfast love endures forever!
Who can utter the mighty deeds of the Lord,
or declare all his praise? Psalm 106:1-2
For some reason it seems that I fall into complaining way more often than praising God for what He has done for me in my life. I try not to grumble, but sometimes I catch myself acting like a wandering Israelite in the desert, unsatisfied with manna and quail meat, nostalgic for the past, even if that meant enslavement.
In the midst of the general chaos of day to day life as a single mom (temporarily as we are working on getting my husband to the states in the next 6 months or so) to two very active, high-spirited preschoolers and pregnant with number three, it is easy to forget the ways that God has taken care of me over the years. Heck, there are some days when I can’t even remember the last time I took a shower, if I brushed my teeth, or if took my prenatal vitamins.
But when I do remember, it makes a world of difference to my outlook of my circumstances. It lifts me up; it encourages me and reminds me that I really am not alone, that I follow Jehovah Jireh.
So, I am going to take this opportunity to give thanks to the Lord and make His deeds known. I am going to remember His wondrous works, just a few of the many ways He has taken care of me since I made the choice to live by faith and “GO” into the nations:
- There is always a need for finances for traveling. God has provided through some of the most unexpected sources and ways. Once, a stranger (a friend of a friend) donated frequent flyer miles to me when I was struggling to raise the needed funds to get back to India. Another time, one person wrote the check for the whole amount need to pay for airfare. Last year, I needed nearly $600 to be able to pay an unanticipated price difference for a flight, and as the need was being prayed for, the exact amount was deposited into my PayPal account.
- On one trip to India, I was concerned about how to handle my luggage during the 12 hour layover between my international and domestic flights. When I went to collect my luggage everything was missing, ‘lost’ somewhere between the US and France. I had nothing but my carry-on bag to deal while waiting; an effective answer to prayer. All of my luggage was delivered to our local airport less than 24 hours later.
- I had miscalculated the dates I could be in India and I wasn’t scheduled to depart until 3 days later than my visa allowed. I ended up needing to cancel my reservation and rebook with a new airline because there were no more seats available with my original airline. The journey was uneventful and relaxing, the service was very good. The next day after arriving safely in the U.S., I heard on the news that all of the British Airways flights, both in and out of the country, had been grounded due to Icelandic volcanic ash in the air. This would have kept me in India longer than I could legally be there, but the flight pattern of the new airline avoided the ash and got me home safely.
There have been countless times when I wasn’t sure how I would pay a bill, how I would provide food for my family, or how our ministry in India would be able to accomplish an outreach that had been planned. Though fear tries to creep in, resulting in pointless murmuring, in those times I have still held on to my faith in God’s goodness and trusted in His love for me.
He knows the smallest of details, even when I can’t see the big picture. He knows every hair on my head. He knows all of my needs. He cares about me. And even though His provision often happens in unpredictable, surprising ways, He always gives me exactly what I need, exactly when I need it.
Yesappa, Thank You!
Blessings – Julie (writing from the U.S.A.)
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