what do we really believe about worry and God's provision?

Do we really believe God when He states "My burden is easy and my yoke is light? (Matt. 11:30)  What about "Cast all your cares upon him for he cares for you?" (1 Peter 5:7) Are these tenents for others to believe but not for us? Are others able to incorporate them in to their daily Christian living but we have no hope that we will ever be able to successfully do this?

If my grandfather were living, he would be about 130 years old.  He did a little bit of everything for a living from itinerant preaching to sawmilling to cotton and peanut farming.  He hand-made almost every tool that he had even hand-carving the yoke that his team of oxen wore around their necks binding them together so that their strength could be harnessed and used to accomplish great things.

Does it make any sense that he would carve the yoke out of a dense, heavy wood?  No, he chose the lightest but strongest wood that he had access to.  I honestly don't know what kind of wood he used but found out from doing a little research that basswood is a good choice in the northeastern United States and some forms of poplar or elm elsewhere.

At any rate, the master of the oxen has a purpose for them and in helping them achieve that purpose wants the safest, strongest and lightest yoke he can provide.  And that is what God wants for us.

What is our part?  What steps do we take to insure that we have the ability to walk in this freedom?  Jesus emphasized a daily reliance upon the Father who cares for His children on a daily basis.

A perfect picture of this is given to us in the Old Testament when the children of Israel were given manna from heaven daily.  If they gathered more than what God allotted to them for the day, it would rot--except on the day before the sabbath when they could gather enough for that day and the sabbath day.

Our communion with Him today, our study of His Word and dependence upon Him is our assurance that we will be able to totally rely on Him tomorrow and cast our cares upon Him knowing that He knows what all of our tomorrows hold.

"It was impossible to stockpile God's provision, because God wanted them to trust in Him, not in their pantry.  God's grace was sufficient for each day.  Our faith in Him today cannot substitute for our trust in Him tomorrow.  If we walk with Him closely today, we will be in the center of His will tomorrow."--from Experiencing God Day-By-Day (in the margin beside this Matt wrote, "Exactly what I needed to hear this morning-August 18, 2007"

Three weeks ago, if someone would have told us the sorrow that would have engulfed our family since then, we would not have been able to bare it--but God in his wisdom, love and mercy gives us the grace to bear the burdens of the day one at a time.  He is so faithful.

Your faithful prayers are lifting our family.  I wish you could have heard the prayer my sister prayed while I was on the phone with her last night.  Your heart would have soared to heaven--a prayer of thankfulness, love and gratitude--prayers for our families who remain and prayers of thanksgiving for the wonderful 32 years she had with Matt here on this earth.  It was truly a miracle.

My prayer is that your communion with Him today will be sweet, life-giving and refreshing.  May we be yoked together with God's precious Holy Spirit to accomplish all that He wishes for us today.

If we ask Him for His daily bread, He is sure to give it to us.

"Which of you, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone?  Matt. 7:9

Photo:  While walking in my back yard one day I noticed this rock that resembled a loaf of bread.  It reminded me of the scripture above.


Sandy said…
This is strong meat to chew on, Dianne. We have
to make ourselves stop and consider this. Do we
REALLY BELIEVE God's word to us? And, if we do,
why do we worry so much about anything and
everything? When we can finally live in the
very present, moment by moment, we will be at
peace and believing what He tells us. Some
days it's hard and other days it's easy. I
still think the key to living all our days
victoriously is in giving Him constant praise.
I love you, friend,
Adoption Mama said…
Great picture...I had to do a double take. My friend whose husband passed away a month or so ago, unexpectantly has such a strong faith. Don't these beautiful women shine forth God's grace? I pray I will do the same if I faced such loss....the temporary loss of "hoss" is a deep pain that I struggle with so many moments....but God is deeper still.
Debbie said…
I don't even know where to begin with this one because it is just so chock full of the good stuff. I think my favorite part is about the wood that the yoke was made from. What a great point.

I have continued to pray for your family, Dianne.
Nancy said…
I find it easy to trust and depend on Him in certain areas and hard in others.
Staying close to Him on a moment by moment basis is my only hope....

Thank you for a wonderful post....
Sheila said…
You wove a beautiful tapestry today, Dianne!

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