Monday, June 24, 2013

Expect God -- the Box

In our lives, we should "expect God."

We should expect to see Him move in the small things in our lives and the big things as well.  If we aren't looking, if we aren't expecting, then we aren't likely to see Him in many of the ways He moves in our lives.

We are in the midst of a major plumbing project at our house.  Walls have been torn apart, pipes refitted, the yard to the street torn up.  Along the way there have been the inevitable "surprises."  One was when the plumbers reached the main water connection at the street.  The concrete box which had protected the water main for who knows how many years was all busted apart.

"You'll need a new box, Mr. Davis," our plumber told us.  He recommended we contact the water company the next morning, since it was late in the afternoon, to see if they could possibly supply one.  That night, my husband awoke in the middle of the night thinking of the box which needed to be replaced.  Unknown to him, I was also awake thinking of the broken box.

The next morning, my husband went outside to speak to the plumbers (who have been with us so long now, they seem like part of the family.)

"Are you feeling the love this morning, Mr. Davis?"  he asked my husband.

"What do you mean?" my husband replied.

It seems it was the very morning the water service had scheduled an employee to come through our neighborhood inspecting water main boxes to see which ones needed to be replaced.  We didn't even need to make a phone call.  

We had a need and the supply had been scheduled before we even knew we had a need.  That in a nutshell is the definition of prevenience.  But this one is better:

"And it shall come to pass, that before they call, I will answer; and while they are yet speaking, I will hear."

The Lord knows our needs, He knows our situation.  Not a sparrow falls to the ground that He is not aware of it.  Let us set our gaze toward Him and be expectant that He will "supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus."

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