The day was ordinary. Down the hall, I could hear the buzz of children happily playing and the hum of the washing machine busily making things clean. There was no reason to expect any hint of turmoil until I stepped in it.
Purple goo oozed between my toes and onto my pant legs. A million scenarios flashed before my mind. Then I saw it. The laundry soap container had plummeted into a dismal sea of purple.
The bottle itself had just come home from the store. And now I found myself mopping up what seemed like gallons of soap. Tears invaded and hysteria settled in my heart. There was no way to salvage the disaster, and the $14 to buy a new one would be costly, to say the least. My tired hands pressed and mopped at the goo which easily made its way into the deepest crevices of the carpet. After what seemed like hours of useless pressing, I gave up. The pressures of the day mounted and I fell into a heap of despair.
Somewhere in between the brokenness and the crying out, I finally let God’s words seep through. “I’ve got this. Don’t you trust me?” I knew it was true and I knew I hadn’t been trusting Him with this purple sea of despair. But it seemed so silly. It’s just laundry soap. It really shouldn’t be such a big deal. But sometimes my lot hardly seems fair, and today was one of those days.
Left was a not-even-full cup of laundry soap and a rather damaged vessel.
A few months passed with the broken vessel of purple doom sitting on my laundry shelf. Days would go by and laundry would pile up. I would empty the tiny cup into the machine with each new load of laundry. And somehow, every time I came back, the cup had just enough left again.
At first, I didn’t think much of it, but eventually I found myself wondering. Didn’t I empty it all? How is this cup full again? But despite my questioning, it was full again. Load after load would wash clean.
The cup never ran out because God provided.
Not only did He provide this one little $14 need we had, He provided every need we had. The laundry soap was just a reminder of how powerful He really is. And a reminder to keep my heart fixed on trusting Him.
Oh, friend, I know it’s not easy. The bills pile up and we begin to panic. For me, I’m the provider here. I have to make this work. <— What? Did you read that? Such a lie. I don’t have to make this work. God has committed to that. There is no amount of trying on my part that is ever going to make this work. But thankfully, I don’t have to.
This simple story is one of many. The miracle of God’s provision isn’t always in the big things. He might not always drop a $1000 check on your doorstep (although He has done that for me), but He will always provide. Even in the seemingly small and mundane things, like laundry soap. His provision is beyond what we can imagine. Are you watching for it?
Scripture for When You Need Provision
- Matthew 6:31-32 “Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all.“
- Luke 12:24 “Consider the ravens: they neither sow nor reap, they have neither storehouse nor barn, and yet God feeds them. Of how much more value are you than the birds!”
- John 15:16 “You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, he may give it to you.”
- Philippians 4:19 “And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.”
Maybe today you need this reminder again. Maybe you need to soak yourself in scripture so your circumstances will not drown out God’s truth. Let’s do that today.
Print out this verse to meditate on when you need God’s provision. Frame and place it in your house in a spot where you will be reminded daily. Put it in your purse. Hang it on your fridge–whatever it takes to remember the promises He has given you. If you aren’t struggling with this right now, just file it away for when you are. I know in my life, these kinds of feelings can creep up even when I least expect them.
I would suggest printing this verse on 8.5 x 11 cardstock as it will be more sturdy.
Just remember, even when you don’t have the words to pray, scripture will speak for you. Read over these words and let God do the healing!
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Through practical tools & Bible-based resources, Kim Sorgius is dedicated to helping your family GROW in faith so you can be Not Consumed by life’s struggles. Author of popular kid’s devotional Bible studies and practical homeschooling tools, Kim has a master’s degree in education and curriculum design coupled with over 2 decades of experience working with kids and teens. Above all, her most treasured job is mother and homeschool teacher of four amazing kiddos.