The blog has been a little quiet lately, but don't assume that our house has been quiet! The noise and energy level in our house have been cranked up a few notches the past few weeks, and we have been operating at full-throttle trying to prepare for our trip all the while trying to keep things as "normal" as possible for the boys! The days have been long and full and very busy, and they are flying by! I can't believe how close we are to our travel dates. Many moments during these days I have felt like my mind is in a million different places. I have so many things going through my head, but even in the midst of these busy and sometimes stressful days, I have felt the Lord's peace and grace flood my heart and overflow into our home! For this I am so grateful. Thank you to all of you who have been upholding our family in your prayers! We feel them and know that it is truly a miraculous thing to be able to have a quiet heart right now in the days leading up to our trip!
A few days ago, I read a great devotional by Charles Spurgeon about the Lord's daily provision. It is a theme that has come up over and over again since we started this adoption journey, and during these last few days, I have come to love that little word "daily." Spurgeon chose a passage of Scripture from 2 Kings 25:30, but he could have easily picked from any number of different stories. The concept is central throughout the Bible and shows up all over the place, reflecting the Father's heart for His children. I love the story of the Israelites wandering through the wilderness. I love seeing the faithfulness of God to provide for the daily provision of meat in the evening and manna every single morning. For 40 years, the Lord daily provided for their needs (Exodus 16). In 1 Kings 17, the Lord daily provided for Elijah, the widow, and her son when there was a drought in the land for 3 years. The handful of flour and the tiny amount of oil did not run out during the entire drought. Daily there was enough oil and flour to make bread, and daily they survived as God's perfect provision was once again sufficient. In Ezra 6, the Lord put it on King Cyrus' heart to issue a decree that provided everything necessary for the exiled Jews to begin rebuilding the temple. All of the expenses would come from the royal treasury, whatever was needed would be given, without delay, and it was to be given to them daily without fail. I can only imagine how Ezra and the people clung to those precious words - daily without fail! The Lord had once again daily provided for the needs of His people. It comes up time and time again in His Word, and time and time again since we started down this crazy adventure, the Lord has led me to these stories. What encouragement I have found in those three words - daily without fail! Tonight, I am clinging to them again as I watch how the Lord is providing! I know that His provision will be perfect, and I can rest in Him!
And his allowance was a continual allowance given him of the king, a daily rate for every day, all the days of his life.
2 Kings 25:30
Jehoichin was not sent away from the king's palace with a store to last him for months, but his provision was given him as a daily pension. Herein he well pictures the happy position of all the Lord's people. A daily portion is all that a man really wants. We do not need tomorrow's supplies; that day has not yet dawned, and its wants are yet unborn. The thirst which we may suffer in the month of June does not need to be quenched in February, for we do not feel it yet; if we have enough for each day as the days arrive we shall never know want. Sufficient for the day is all that we can enjoy...When our Father does not give us more, we should be content with His daily allowance. Jehoichin's case is ours, we have a sure portion, a portion given us of the King, a gracious portion, and a perpetual portion. Here is surely ground for thankfulness.
Beloved Christian reader, in matters of grace you need a daily supply. You have no store of strength. Day by day must you seek help from above. It is a very sweet assurance that a daily portion is provided for you. In the word, through the ministry, by meditation, in prayer, and waiting upon God you shall receive renewed strength. In Jesus all needful things are laid up for you. Then enjoy your continual allowance. Never go hungry while the daily bread of grace is on the table of mercy.
I love how the Lord has continued to place this truth before me and remind me of His perfect provision and faithfulness. The table of mercy has been overflowing at our house, and Jesus is indeed providing all needful things for our family. His mercies are new every single morning, and even after long and sleepless nights, He is daily renewing my strength and daily supplying all the grace I need to make it through these busy, busy days!
We are now in count-down mode at our house! We leave next Friday to go meet S, and even though we are so excited and so very ready to go, it is bittersweet to leave our 4 little boys for that many days! Thank you again for all of your prayers. I know that we are being carried and uplifted by the many, many faithful prayer warriors interceding on our behalf. We are so grateful!
Blessed be the Lord, who daily bears our burdens...