Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Jehovah Jirah - I am the Lord who provides

Every once in a while, you are granted a sneak peak into the future. Such an occasion occurred to us this week.
Not long after Tony and I began praying several months ago about where we would live in Idaho did the Lord answer our prayer in a most unexpected way. Although our time in the Treasure Valley would be transitional as we make our way to our field assignment of San Jose, Costa Rica, it’s still nerve wracking as the uncertainty and the unpredictability of moving across states can drive anyone to their knees.
It was in a phone conversation with our MAF-Ministry Partnership coach, where the subject of housing came up. “So, have you guys looked into what area you’d like to move to when you come up north?” inquired our beloved coach. “Well, we have been looking at a couple of apartments on the web and we’re just not sure,” I replied. As the conversation progressed, she mentioned the name of a MAF family who lives less than five miles away from MAF-US headquarters. This particular family who we met during candidacy last summer is getting ready to head back to Africa in the summer. On the morning of our phone call, they had mentioned their desire to rent their home to another MAF family to our MP coach. It was within minutes, that Tony and I looked at each other and realized the Lord had answered our prayer. Even though we didn’t know all the particulars about the house, we began to sense the Lord had provided a place for us to live upon completing our season of deputation.
As a result of the answered prayer, we made the long drive on Monday to house sit in what may become our new residence. The timing couldn’t be better. While the family is outside the US, we have the pleasure to stay in the home and “play house.”  It’s a blessing beyond compare. The Lord has once again showed us that He knows our every need and is more than able to supply it. Philippians 4:19 states, “And my God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.” Upon reading and memorizing this inspiring verse, I praise God for increasing our faith as we continue to place our trust in Him.

- Laura