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Written By Natalie Waterson

God will supply all our needs. 

How many times have we heard that? I mean, it’s everywhere, isn’t it? In songs, in books, preached from the pulpit, over the radio, written in charmingly decorated cards from good meaning friends and family. You don’t need to go very far to find that beautiful sentiment.

But do you believe it? Do I?

Absolutely. God is never-changing. He is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow. He supplied our needs then, He will supply our needs today, and in the future.

But not always the way we expect it will be done. And here’s the difference, He promised to supply all our needs, not our wants. Isn’t that where we sometimes get it confused? We need a vehicle but, we want a Porsche – so we get a Toyota.

And His timing is not our own – sometimes frustratingly so.

I witnessed a dear friend who needed a place to stay, search frantically around with little to no luck until literally two days before she had to be out of her temporary residence. And then I remember Jeremiah 29:11 (ESV).

‘For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.’

And even when we believe it, the wait can be extremely tiresome. With everything so instantaneous, with such a fast-paced existence, waiting on anything at all seems a little archaic. So why does He sometimes make us wait - on our all 'important needs'?

Matthew 6:25-34 (ESV)

‘Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.’

Maybe we need to be reminded that our lives are more than just the physical. They are also about love and friendship and forgiveness.

Wait! (A poem by Natalie Waterson)

Abraham was 76 years old when God first promised him a son

But ten long years later, Abraham and Sarah still had none

Then Sarah got impatient – she felt she’d waited long enough –

So she gave Hagar, her servant girl, to him in order to hurry things up

Hagar indeed had a son – but Sarah remained barren

Unfulfilled, unhappy and unable to have any children

Still God had not forgotten the promise He’d made a decade ago

But, for whatever reason, He deemed the time not right to bestow

On this frail, ageing, grey-haired couple, a baby of their own.

So for another long fourteen years – the prophecy was postponed

 Until at the age of 99, Abraham met some strangers outside his tent

He offered them to stay awhile and have dinner before they went

When they repeated the prophesy this time, Sarah didn’t take it seriously

She was, after all, in her nineties now – raising a child would simply be insanity

But the time had certainly come to pass and nine short months later

Sarah gave birth to a baby boy – their joy couldn’t have been greater

Maybe you’ve been praying for a job or like Abraham and Sarah – a child

Maybe it’s the soul of a loved one, or a cure to an illness for the longest time

Maybe you’re looking for direction – decisions in your life have to be made

Or it seems your dreams are impossible to reach, it seems your ship has sailed

Could it be that you’ve lost yourself in the hustle and bustle of life?

Or perhaps you’re praying for a life partner – A Christian husband or wife?

What if the answers you seek are better than those you could ever imagine?

And the blessings God has in store for you – too much for you to even fathom?

What if He is asking you to wait a little while longer and leave it in His hands?

Could you trust and rely on Him? Do you know He has a plan?

In our eyes the timing must be perfect and we want to see things come to a head

The quicker, the better – isn’t that what is said?

But God sees the other side of the quilt that’s called our lives

And He wants us to give Him a chance to work – He wants us to realize

That it may not be now, not in a decade or more, but His promises He always keeps

So trust in His word, rest in His unfailing love and lay your burdens down at His feet.

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