John and I have committed to once every other month making a large batch of soup for a ministry that serves the homeless in downtown Portland.
It’s not much.
The need is so great.
But, it’s something that we can do – and do joyfully.
Honestly – it’s kind of fun – I get to experiment with all kinds of fun soups that the boys would NEVER in a million years eat – and are all sorts of fabulous – and someone will actually enjoy and appreciate them. I love that.
Today it’s white chili.
I’ve never made it before. What with being allergic to chicken and the boys being opposed to any form of bean – yeah, not high on the menu planning priority list. It smells great, and was – frankly – really easy to throw together. Now it will just simmer while we wait for the very nice lady from church to come pick it up and deliver it to where it needs to go.
John and I have mentioned to one another countless times how ironic it is that whenever it is our turn to make soup for this ministry some event or the other – or just the fact that I’ve worked less than 40 hours since the last of September – these are the times when we find ourselves in our most dire financial need.
Isn’t it funny how that happens?
And it’s not like it’s once or twice it’s happened.
It happens every single time we’re scheduled to make soup.
Yes, the rent is paid. Some of the bills will have to wait. There’s not much gas in the cars. No, there’s no money for groceries.
We’re not likely to starve to death any time soon – ha! If things got really scary, the boys may well break down and actually want to eat beans! I’ve been canning – and beans we have!
It used to really stress us out – “Ugh! Time to make soup! What are we going to do?” And we’d go through the pantry looking for things that could be pulled together to make a nutritious and delicious soup.
Nowadays – we just kind of smile and look at each other and say, “Time to make soup.” It’s almost a challenge to see who can spot what God has or will provide (just in the nick of time, of course) to make that big old pot of soup possible.
Have you noticed that in your own life?
That God asks you to trust – even when it doesn’t seem like the practical thing to do?
There are things we could do.
We could back out – not follow through with the commitment. But then we’d miss out on getting to see the amazing things that we get to see God do each time.
We could freak out. Been there, done that – doesn’t accomplish much.
Lots of options of responses.
But there’s one thing we choose to do…
by David Crowder Band
Take my heart, I Lay it down
At the feet of you whose crowned
Take my life, I’m letting go
I lift it up to You who’s throned
And I will worship You, Lord
Only You, Lord
And I will bow down before You
Only You Lord
Take my fret, take my fear
All I have, I’m leaving here
Be all my hopes, be all my dreams
Be all my delights, be my everything
And It’s just you and me here now
Only you and me here now
You should see the view
When it’s only You
© 2003 Six Step Records
Ever notice how much better it is when you choose to stop – acknowledge that God is HERE – right now… No matter what the circumstances are? In the midst of it all – whatever it all is. No matter how afraid you could or should be? No matter how great the need or perceived need?
…that He does what only He can do…
He shows up.
To envelop with His incredible peace.
His unmatched love.
His beautiful mercy.
His matchless grace.
Ready to do just what needs done.
Ever notice what a delight it is to just step out and obey?
…feeling pretty honored to be a child of the King this afternoon.