PB&J

A testimony about PB&J?
As in peanut butter and jelly?

Yep.

05.05.2003

Is it based on our “need” that God answers…or simply because we ask in faith?

And he (Jesus) said unto his disciples, “Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat; neither for the body, what ye shall put on. [23] The life is more than meat, and the body is more than raiment. [24] Consider the ravens: for they neither sow nor reap; which neither have storehouse nor barn; and God feedeth them: how much more are ye better than the fowls? [25] And which of you with taking thought can add to his stature one cubit? [26] If ye then be not able to do that thing which is least, why take ye thought for the rest? [27] Consider the lilies how they grow: they toil not, they spin not; and yet I say unto you, that Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. [28] If then God so clothe the grass, which is to day in the field, and to morrow is cast into the oven; how much more will he clothe you, O ye of little faith? [29] And seek not ye what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink, neither be ye of doubtful mind. [30] For all these things do the nations of the world seek after: and your Father knoweth that ye have need of these things. [31] But rather seek ye the kingdom of God; and all these things shall be added unto you.”  Luke 12:22-31

This is the Scripture that came to me as I stood at my kitchen counter making my granddaughter a peanut butter and jelly sandwich this morning.  And this is why.

This morning as I reclined in my recliner watching the news, my husband Freddie kissed me goodbye and left for work around 5:45.  We had been up since about 3:30 and shortly after he left I began to drift off to sleep.  So I turned off the TV and the lamp, got all comfy under my afghan and went sound asleep.  At 6:45 the phone woke me from what seemed to be a very lengthy and tiring dream.  Normally, if someone wakes me from sleep I come to my senses immediately, but this morning I had trouble concentrating.  It was my daughter, Amy.  She needed a favor.  She was out of bread and asked if I would make my granddaughter Lindsay a peanut butter and jelly sandwich for her lunchbox.  I told her I was glad to do so, and she said that she would pick it up on their way to school around 7:15. When I hung up I was still very groggy.  I looked at the clock and saw that I had thirty minutes, and within seconds sensed myself drifting back to sleep.  I said, “Lord, don’t let me fail to wake up in time to make that sandwich.”  And with that, I immediately fell asleep again.

The phone rang again, but this time it didn’t startle me.  When I answered it my daughter Amy politely said, “I just wanted to be sure that you hadn’t forgotten to make the sandwich.”  As soon as I heard these words I opened my eyes and realized that I wasn’t actually on the telephone with my daughter…I was dreaming all of this.  Once again I sensed the awesome presence of God.   I looked at the clock.  It was 7:05.  I still had at least 10 minutes to make the sandwich.  No, I wasn’t surprised that God woke me this way.  I cannot begin to testify of all the many times God has done such as this for me throughout the years, but it never fails to be very humbling when He manifests Himself to me in such a personal way.  His awesome love and care for even the most trivial matters in my life still blows me away.  All I could think when this happened was what I always think…..Lord, You are so very faithful!  Each and every time, I not only stand in awe, but it causes me to see my own lack of faithfulness to Him.  It causes me to desire to be even more faithful and to please Him more.

Wide awake and refreshed, I immediately got up and went to the kitchen.  As I was standing there making my granddaughters sandwich and pondering on these things, the words “consider the lilies” came to my mind.  I remembered this Biblical story of Jesus teaching His disciples to trust God, and I realized how what had happened this morning was such a picture of this teaching.  I was reminded again how much God loves me and cares for every detail of my life.  I was reminded again of the faithfulness of God, and how that as I’ve learned to trust Him in the little things, it’s made it easier for me to trust Him in the big ones.

So I say to you what Jesus said some two thousand years ago…look at nature.  Does not nature itself declare the handiwork of God?  God has seen to it that the lilies of the field and the birds of the air are cared for….then oh my friend, how much greater is His love toward you.  He knows your every daily need, every desire, and so desires that you trust Him for even the smallest of things.   He is able to do abundantly above anything we could ever think or ask.  He desires that we come to trust Him so, that our main focus in life is on His kingdom and not so much on our own.  As we do this, we will experience His awesome presence in our lives each and every day.

P.S.  On a very personal note:  I couldn’t help but notice that today is the 5th day of the 5th month.  5 is the scriptural number that represents GRACE.  So for me, today, 5-5 is a day of double grace.  Grace is that undeserved, unmerited favor given to us by God that empowers us to do what Truth demands.  What a glorious way to start the day!  Thank You Jesus!

Father, I pray that my precious friends, my brothers and sisters in Christ, receive a double portion of Your awesome grace today.  May they experience Your manifest Presence as they walk with You in faith and trust…as they seek Your kingdom and Your will.

In Jesus Name…Amen.

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