I woke up this morning thinking about a time nearly 20 years ago when we were first married. Often we would get to the end of the week with just enough money after paying our rent and living expenses to afford 2 minute noodles to eat for the last few days of the week before we were paid again. We were still learning about trusting God, speaking the promises of His word, and that He will provide and care for all our needs.
One evening after several months of eating 2 minute noodles my husband Philip said “God I’m kinda sick of 2 minute noodles, what I’d really like is a nice roast dinner!”
A few minutes later there was a knock at the door, and we found the pastor’s wife of our church standing on our doorstep with two plates in each hand. “These are for you”. It was two roast dinners, still hot and ready to eat. We thanked her and ate them, grateful that it was not noodles again. On finishing Philip laughingly commented “Mmmm that was great, and what would top it off would be a nice big bowl of desert.” Sure enough a few minutes later there was another knock at the door and the pastor’s wife was again standing on our doorstep with two bowls full of apple crumble and custard (one of Philip’s favorite deserts) which she happily handed to us, plus a roast dinner for each of us for the next night’s dinner.
We later had it explained to us that there had been a board dinner at the church that night and there had been some people who could not attend. As we rented the house next door, they had thought of us and brought the extra dinners over for us to enjoy.
I learnt some things that night that changed my thinking and view of God.
1. That He is a roast dinner kind of God, a God of more than enough. (Ephesians 3:20)
2. That He cares about us, and that it is okay to ASK Him…(John 16:23-24, Psalm 37:3-4)
3. Be available to be used, you may never know the difference you can make in a person’s life by just acting upon the “God promptings” you get to give, or make that call to encourage someone, or simply be the deliverer of some roast dinners!