By Julie Rhine

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways, acknowledge Him and He will make straight your paths. -Proverbs 3:5-6

God has been asking working on “trust” with me these past few years. Especially since I have a granddaughter and I become concerned about the world she will be living in for the rest of her life. He, of course, has some interesting, sometimes scary, sometimes funny, ways of helping me with this lesson. The latest occurred a few days ago…

My husband, Bruce, and I received a $100 gift card in the mail to Martins Country Market. We looked at each other with bafflement about why we would have received this money—did someone think we were in “need?” We have been blessed to be comfortable at this time in our lives, so we both decided that God must have a plan for this gift card and we should trust that He will reveal the plan.

The next day I had a friend over so that our granddaughters could have a “play date” since they are the same age and get along well together. After cleaning up from lunch and preparing for the next activity, I saw the gift card on the kitchen table and asked my friend if she knew of anyone who is struggling to feed their family. Her face registered some shock and surprise as she answered cautiously, “Yes…. I do.”  It turns out that just the day before a friend of hers had asked her to pray for her because God was telling her to get her family off all public assistance and TRUST Him to provide. This was their first month off food stamps and they had just $35 a week to feed the family of 4! Covered with goosebumps, I handed over the gift card. What a blessing to be able to bless others. And all three of us had our trust in God reinforced yet again.  Our God is a good, good God!

(A funny little extra – I asked the name of the friend. Her name was the same name that I had always chosen as a little girl when my best friend and I played dress-up and re-named ourselves!  It is not a common name, so God does like to have fun, I think.

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