The Lord Always Provides
What happens when we relinquish control and surrender to God? Jesus tells us that our Father knows and provides for the fowl of the air, how much more will he provide for you (Matthew 6:26). What Happens when you let go and let God provide?
To find out and share the answer to this question, I let go. It has been almost 2 months since I left my position as an officer in the United States Air Force, stationed at Hanscom AFB in MA, to do what God was instructing me to do. I felt a strong calling into military Chaplaincy, so after much prayer I found myself enrolling at La Sierra University, which is another story all together. My family relocated to California, and our main concern was income, my wife had no job and I was leaving mine, we got an apartment, that was bare we had no furniture to put in it, and we were concerned about daycare, for when a job presented itself. Well in that two months, Salina got a job, we got furniture for our bare apartment, now we sleep on beds, God send us the perfect daycare, and a few days ago he answered our concern about my employment.
I remember that the job search can be very stressful, especially with bills flowing. I intentionally did not stress about it, I chose to just trust in God. I had stressed about Salina’s job, our furniture, traveling here, and God had those things under control so I decided to enjoy time with my beautiful ladies instead. I prayed about it, and honestly believed that the answer was on its way, so I was happy. At night, as everyone slept, I stayed awake praying and applying to every job within a 50 mile radius, and I do mean every job. I had to have placed at least 100 applications. But I was not worried about it, I had prayed, I had done my part and applied, so I could genuinely enjoy my wife and children.
On Wednesday, 3 days ago, a recruiter called me, and said they had found my resume online, this was not one of the millions of jobs I had applied for. They said they had a position for me and described it and invited me to interview, the next day. So I went to the interview on Thursday, and I start next Wednesday.
I must admit, close to the end, I was starting to get worried, I came here help the homeless not to be homeless. But faith in this situation was easy, because I had no other options. God in his wisdom sometimes takes away out options so that we have no other option but to trust him. But this verse from James helped me to put this situation into perspective:
“Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be entire, wanting nothing.” — James 1:3
It is amazing to know that God loves us so much that he wants to work with us to perfection. Working with anyone to change anything, whether it is diet, exercise, homelessness or a habit is so difficult most people give up, but God is patient enough to work with us to perfection.
When we let go of security, and gave God the opportunity to provide, however, this is not the end. I cannot just go back to work, it is my job to continue to build our family’s faith until it explodes into action, because according to James 2:17, Faith without works is dead and lonely.
So tomorrow I start my job, and this post is a public thanks to my God, who continues to provide. Please pray for us that we will learn to be as faithful to Him as He is to us. My prayer is that our faith will grow until it explodes into contagious action.