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 seems 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 pass 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?
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. Here is another set of Scripture cards for you!
Scripture for When You Need Provision
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