Reveal | Day 19- March 15 | Psalm 104

Marty Butler
Emily shifted her weight from one foot to the other. She was tired from standing in line waiting for the store to open and from riding her bike four blocks. This was the third day she had been sent by her mother hoping to get the provisions her family needed. Emily was thirteen. She had a brother who was five and a baby sister just six weeks old. The past two days the rambunctious crowd surged into the store ahead of her and when she got to the shelves, they were empty. Today she waited once again and was reminded of the prayer her mother and her church had taught her: “Give us this day our daily bread.” “Lord,” she prayed, “Our family is desperate. Give us this day that which we need.”

When the doors opened the crowd rushed in ahead of her and, once again, Emily found the shelves of baby formula empty. Overwhelmed, she began to cry. “What are we going to do?” she muttered. “Mom said we will run out by the end of the day.”

As she walked out of the store wiping tears a lady came up to her and said, “I want to give you the two cans of baby formula I purchased. I have a month’s supply at home and was just stocking up; but God whispered in my ear that your family needs this more than I do.”

That night for devotions her mother read from the 104th Psalm, “He makes grass grow for the cattle and plants for man to cultivate—bringing forth food from the earth…How many are your works, O Lord!” (verses 14 and 24). As Emily knelt to pray, she thanked God for making the grass for cattle and plants for people to eat and for generous ladies who give away baby formula. Indeed, even in America where we have so much, we need to be reminded that we are dependent upon God for our daily bread (and baby formula) because, after all, He is the source of it all.

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