“And the word of the Lord came to him: “Depart from here and turn eastward and hide yourself by the brook Cherith, which is east of the Jordan. You shall drink from the brook, and I have commanded the ravens to feed you there.” So he went and did according to the word of the Lord. He went and lived by the brook Cherith that is east of the Jordan. And the ravens brought him bread and meat in the morning, and bread and meat in the evening, and he drank from the brook.”1 Kings 17:2-6 ESV
What an amazing story of provision! But is it really possible for God to supernaturally provide for someone’s needs? Or is this just a feel good story that exaggerates the work and the power of God in the lives of people? I do not believe this is a case of spiritual hyperbole, I believe it is an example of the kind of love and compassion that our God is capable of demonstrating. Why in the world would I believe that God can do such things? I believe because I have witnessed his provision in our lives and in the lives of others. While I have never had his provision come in the form of a raven delivering food, I have seen him provide in season and right on time.
The first time we experienced special provision was when our daughter was in the Infant special care unit of the hospital. We were traveling back and forth to the hospital, spending money on gas, food and parking; money that we really didn’t have to spend. On one trip, just as we got out of the car, Margie looked down and picked up a $50 bill. While that may not sound like a lot to you, in 1978, to a broke young couple, it seemed like we had won the lottery. Now you may say it was just a lucky find, but I believe it was God teaching us a very special lesson.
The second time we saw God provide for us was when we needed to purchase some special formula for our daughter. It was a special formula we had to order it through the pharmacy in case lots. We were out of food, and out of money, we sat at our home trying to decide what to do and where to turn when there was a knock at the door. A woman we barely knew was at the door with an envelope and as she handed it to us she said, “God told me to bring you this.” It was within a few cents of what we needed to be able to pick up what was so desperately needed.
I am convinced that our God is capable of doing things we don’t think are possible, and filling needs we don’t think can possibly be filled. Do you know that kind of God? If not, open your heart and your mind to his possibilities, you just may find yourself being the witness to a miracle of his presence.