But, the other day in class, a woman who sometimes adds to our class, spoke and gave a little of her testimony.
We were studying Matthew 6:25-34.
She told us in her beautiful island (Jamaica, perhaps?)accent, how the Lord has taken care of her.
"Ladies", she said, "when my husband left me with 2 small boys, I called my mother and cried out why?- we are so poor- we have nothing? How could this happen to me?- what will I do- to which my mother replied- he takes care of the birds- why not you?"
She went on as we sat at the edge of our seats, knowing something good was coming, "I was home with my boys with no money and no food- we had nothing- everyone was hungry and I had nothing. Trusting the Lord I put water on the stove to boil. My boys questioned me- but mom, we have nothing- why are you boiling the water? The Lord will provide I told them. The water boiled for a long time and my boys started to beg me to turn it off- there was no point they said."
"And then the knock on the door. A woman with a basket full of food was standing in front of me. She had a half of a chicken and other food and in the way bottom of the basket- pork- beautiful pork. God had provided," and she smiled as she finished.
But she wasn't done.
"Ladies", she yelled this time, "Even if you husband leaves you, you are not alone, God will be there for you and provide, if you walk with Him!"
I tried to suck back the tears, but there was no room for pride on Sunday morning, during class.
I think the rest of the women felt the same.
And once again- through a wonderful testimony from a sister in Christ, I am reminded He is there.
And He doesn't want me to worry.
Matthew 6:25-34 (New International Version)
Do Not Worry
25"Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes? 26Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life[a]?
28"And why do you worry about clothes? See how the lilies of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 30If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? 31So do not worry, saying, 'What shall we eat?' or 'What shall we drink?' or 'What shall we wear?' 32For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
Incidentally, Theresa at Being Refined As Silver, is studying the same book and writes a great segment called "Truth for Thursday"- go and check it out.