I literally had just hung up the phone…
I had been speaking with my hubby discussing my plans for the day. I had jumped out of bed that morning, shoved waffles down the kid’s throat and headed out with the three youngest without saying goodbye to James. I had many things on my to-do list that day and first on the list was to take them to their favorite (and only) pediatrician for their annual physical. I still had a doctor’s visit later that afternoon for myself. Squeezed between those appointments was a trip to Kohl’s for the summer wardrobe for the kids, a much needed haircut for my son Justice justice whose eyes I could no longer see, dropping off a car at the mechanics, a trip to Lowe’s for ceiling fans and outdoor chairs… and needless to say I was already starting to feel stressed and overwhelmed with my day.
You see, we are in the middle of getting our house prepared to rent for the summer as a vacation rental while we take our caravan of 11, including our two beloved Aussies, and travel south to North Carolina for the summer where we will be looking for our future home. With our first guests arriving in less than two weeks we are officially in moving mode. Yes, life is chaotic!
Even with all that I had going for the day I was planning on trying to squeeze in one more item on my list. You see I needed boxes. While all the furniture is staying, everything else has to be packed and stored. I knew I needed to make this a priority but put it off because honestly I would rather spend $8.00 on a box of clipped toenails rather than spend it to buy cardboard! This is the one thing a really dread when moving simply because they are so expensive.
I was already adding up the financial cost in my mind and trying to figure out which kid I might need to sell off so that I could afford them as I was hanging up with my hubby and behold… I drove right past a treasure trove of moving boxes that were sitting at the end of a driveway waiting for the trash truck to whisk them away to the garbage dump.
I have to admit I did a double take thinking I must have been imagining them. IMG_20140510_113400_582 Could this really be? And instantly, this verse came to my heart.
31 “Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. 33 But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.” Matthew 6:31-33 (NIV)
I pulled over and went back to the house where my cardboard treasure was. I went to the door of the home and excitedly introduced myself to the woman who answered asking her if she would mind if I took them. She was delighted and told me she was hoping somebody would stop and pick them up as they were so expensive! The only concern was that the boxes would be soaking wet as we had thunderstorms throughout the night before. It was one of those thunderstorms with soaking downpours and lightning. So much so that I woke up to four extra sets of eyes in the morning.
I realized that I hadn’t looked closely at the boxes when I pulled up. What if they were soaked and I had just told the kids how God had moved on our behalf! I got in the car and backed up her long driveway praying that all the boxes would not be totally destroyed. To my surprise the boxes were completely dry! I went to tell the owner the good news and was delighted by her response. “Oh, of course they would be dry as the sun (Son) has been shining on them all morning!”

I need to tell you that my heart literally leaped for joy as I shared with my three little ones about how God cares so much for us and that He knows exactly what we need and when we need it. He is described in Genesis 22 as Jehovah Jireh… the LORD who provides. I studied that name several years ago while writing a study and found that the name not only means provision but that He sees and provides. He is the God who sees us beloved! He knows our needs, great and small, important and seemingly unimportant (like moving boxes) and He longs to provide what we need.
He cared enough to bless this stressed out momma yesterday and sent not only the boxes but also the sun to shine down on them all morning to dry them for me. For those who live down south this might not seem like much to you but here in upstate NY we are lucky to see 40 days of full sunshine a year. (During our last errand of the day clouds filled the sky and it began to rain.)
Our days on this dusty earth may not be filled with sunshine but we have a God who brings the Son-to-shine, even in our darkest places and a Father who cares deeply about our every need. His only desire is that we seek Him first and trust that all that we need (not want) will be given to us.
What is your need today? Is it something as small as moving boxes? Or maybe it’s something of great need such as the healing of a sick child, a miracle in your marriage, or financial provisions for your family?
Will you join me today in taking a few minutes to seek Him first and trust that the LORD who sees you will provide for all of your needs today no matter the situation or obstacle you are facing? He is the One who knows you best and loves you most!
We are in this together. Please let me know how I can pray for you if you have a specific need and know that I am thankful for you!

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