Welcome to the “Be Fully Persuaded” series! Today I’m sharing how God provided a “want” for my older daughter that I didn’t even think to pray for! I hope you are encouraged to stand strong in your faith and that God will make Romans 4:20-21 a reality for all of us as we focus on Him and His Word:
Yet he did not waver through unbelief regarding the promise of God, but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God, being fully persuaded that God had power to do what he had promised.
Romans 4:20-21 (NIV)
Although I knew lots of verses that talked about how much God loves us and how He desires to (and does) give us good gifts, I heard so many people stress the word “needs” when talking about God’s provision that I got to the point that I didn’t hope for more than basic necessities. I didn’t ask for them either. That changed when God made His desire to bless us in unexpected ways very clear to me when BookGirl (my older daughter, who is now 9 1/2 years old) was almost two years old.
At that time, I was very pregnant with Princess Roo, but I continued a tradition I had started when BookGirl was just a few months old—several times a week, I drove to the mall and pushed BookGirl around in the stroller while I got in some exercise. We usually went before the mall opened, but BookGirl had outgrown the need for a morning nap, so she spent a lot of time looking. And as she looked, a pair of brand name pink canvas tennis shoes which had recently become popular again caught her eye.
She was pretty verbal for a not-quite-two-year-old, and with her words and gestures, she made it quite clear that she wanted a pair of those shoes. Her birthday was coming up, but pink sneakers, and especially those pink sneakers, were not in the budget. I had picked up some things for her birthday on clearance after Christmas, and I really wasn’t planning to spend more. After all, we had a new baby coming any day!
Still, my mother’s heart longed to give her a pair of those shoes. Every time we went to the mall, she would point to them in the display and say, “Shoes.” I knew it was impossible to get them for her, so I kept telling her she would have to wait. I didn’t know how to explain to a 20-month-old that they weren’t in the budget.
Then I had to go into a discount shoe store for some reason, and there, in the size BookGirl needed, were a pair of off-brand pink canvas sneakers very similar to the ones she had seen in the other store’s window. I froze and glanced at the price tag. They were on clearance for five dollars!
Five dollars was definitely in the budget and was also a good price for little feet that were growing quickly. I paid for the shoes and left the store fighting tears. I had a hard time believing the love of a God who would provide pink sneakers in such an unexpected way so that the desires of a toddler and a mom’s heart could be fulfilled.
Since then, God has proven the same kind of love for us many times. He does faithfully provide our needs, but sometimes He also provides “wants”—just because He loves us.
How has God blessed your family with “wants” in addition to needs?
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