I like to know and prepare for what’s coming next as often as possible. For example, friends and family tease me because of the size of my purse and the items I keep in it, but I like knowing that I am prepared for various circumstances that have caught me off guard before. I always carry around an umbrella, hand sanitizer, lip balm, allergy and pain medicine, among other things. I do my best not to be caught off guard.
I put so much effort into being prepared for what I think could happen, but I forget how much better God is at preparing me for my circumstances. With all of my best efforts to be ready for anything that comes my way, I still need His provision.
Matthew 6:27 (ESV) poses the question, “And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life?” Yet, I spend far too much time worrying about how I can prepare for what I think will come next.
Other times, I start to wish for change but believe it won’t come. I start to think that I’m stuck. However, He shows me over and over again that He’s working behind the scenes doing more that I can imagine.
For example, I never expected to get married when I did. My husband and I dated for a while and broke up when we found that we were looking for different things in our relationship at the time. We were apart for about a year and a half. I hadn’t dated much before I met him, and I didn’t date anyone else after we broke up.
I had become happy with my life, and I was preparing to purchase a house. There were some repairs that needed to be done to the house, but I figured my family would help me with the essential repairs. The rest could wait.
Around the time I was set to close on my house, my now husband starting calling me. I was determined we would not get back together, but I was wrong. God had been working on changing both of us so that we would be prepared to enter into a healthier relationship.
I never expected him to come back into my life, and he came back around in perfect timing. He was able to work on repairs on the house, and he helped me make decisions about the house such as paint colors and furniture placement. We didn’t have to make major changes to the house when he moved in because he was there from the beginning.
There have been countless examples in my life that haven’t turned out as expected. God always provides more than we need, and He is preparing for our circumstances before we even know we will experience them. He doesn’t have to prepare for the unknown because He already knows what will come. He works behind the scenes to make sure we have what we need because He knows our needs better than we do.