Learning Matthew Ch. 7, “God Will Provide” by Caitlin Day

“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened.”

Matthew 7:7-8

 

God Will Provide

 

           I’ve been living in Jamaica for roughly two and a half months and I often feel like a broken record. Whether it’s telling my friends and family back home how my life in Jamaica is going or simply during my day to day conversations. For example, phrases like “Good Morning” as I walk into town past the constant flow of children walking to school, or saying “mi soon come” as people in my mission sites recognize me and call for me as I arrive. I would have to say my favorite phrase to say is “wah gwan” which is how I greet someone I know, or saying “lata” to say goodbye, just because I think it makes me look cool.  However, there is one phrase that I have found myself often saying that has nothing to do with daily conversation. “God will provide.”

            God will provide. God has provided for me throughout my life in both big and small ways. During orientation, while attempting to make an icebox cake for a birthday with a fellow community member, it appeared as though we wouldn’t have enough cream to make a cake large enough to feed us all. I remember smacking the table and saying God will provide and all of a sudden the half of cream that we had sectioned off for the second layer of the cake seemed to never stop coming out of the bowl. Or the time when I was making jerk sauce for our community meal and it looked like there was no way that it would be enough sauce to season all of the chicken. I said “God will provide don’t worry,” and there was enough sauce leftover to dip our homemade tortillas in. The time I was making icing for a cake for my youth group and it wouldn’t set, yes you guessed it right, “God will provide” and the icing set. There seems to be a “loaves and fishes” theme in my life where God has provided for me in the kitchen. However, He has also provided for me throughout the emotional rollercoaster that has been my first two and a half months in Jamaica.

            When I was nervous about beginning work in my church community or actually getting kids to show up for my youth group, God provided. God provided me with members of the church that welcomed me with open arms and accompanied me to my other mission sites. He also provided me with more youth than I was expecting and youth that I couldn’t imagine not having in my life now.  As I patiently (or not so patiently) waited for my temporary Physical Therapy license to be approved so that I could fully begin at my mission sites, God provided. God provided me with the opportunity to get to know my patients on a more personal level and see what their needs truly are. The day that I cried practically the entire hour taxi ride home, God provided. God provided community members that listened, that cared, that shared God’s love, and that lifted me up. The day that a few of us went to the beach for some much needed R&R and the forecast called for rain, God provided. God provided rain for those in the local communities that very much needed it during this drought and kept the little area of the beach that we were on as dry as could be. God provides the most spectacular views of the whole valley as I travel down Spur Tree road to my mission sites and amazing sunsets from the comfort of the couch every evening. God provides gorgeous smiles and beautiful singing voices as I try to surprise new friends at the Infirmary. God provides laughter and energy as I get to know my youth every week.

Most of all, God provides comfort and joy as I continue on this new journey in life.