God Will Provide

God Will Provide

Six and a half years ago, I stopped working for a company that I’d worked for since I was a teenager, and I joined with my brother to help him with his writing and speaking ministry. The following year, I started my editing business. I tend to be leery of change, but I felt like God was opening doors and I simply needed to walk through them and trust Him to provide. One of my desires was that I would finally be able to help people as God increased my funds. Being self-employed is a walk of faith in that I don’t get a steady paycheck, and I have no retirement plan, but I am able to invest in others through my time and, occasionally, with money, and I wouldn’t trade that for anything.

The last day or so, I have been thinking about the times when God has gone above and beyond the call of duty in taking care of my needs when I didn’t even know I had needs.

About 3 1/2 years ago, we were nearing the end of a busy conference season when my body gave out. I was dizzy, and all I wanted to do was sleep but I “had to keep pressing on.” (Or so I thought.) Some friends encouraged me to cancel out of the rest of our events and recover at their place until I felt up to flying home. I finished one more big conference and then took them up on their offer. (Provision!)

For several months I stayed out west and, although I did do some editing and necessary correspondence, I was not able to work much beyond that. During that time, another friend said that he was going to send me $500. I was surprised as I don’t remember ever receiving that much money from a non-family member, and we didn’t discuss what I would use the money for (I wasn’t sure just then what I needed), but I’m not good at arguing with people who want to do things for me so I accepted. That money ended up buying my plane ticket home a few weeks later. (Provision!)

Then there was this past August. We were at our final convention of the year after another really busy year so far. I was praising God that I had made it but I was tired. I was also praying over my finances since I didn’t have a lot of money to show for the work I had done. The conference coordinator invited us to a speaker dinner afterward and, although I was tired and not feeling social, I felt like it would be good for my brother to be there, so we went. I sat across from another speaker whom I didn’t know but, in the course of conversation, I mentioned having adrenal fatigue. The speaker told me he would purchase Juice Plus vitamins for me because he felt like they would really help. I told him he didn’t need to do that but he said he wanted to so I gave him my address. The months went by, and I didn’t think a lot about it.

As the year drew to a close, I was thinking about how tired I was once again becoming, and I asked God for wisdom to know what I need to do to get some energy back before our next conference season. Intermittently, I was sending “Happy New Year” texts to people on my contact list. This man was one of them. That text triggered his memory, and he immediately ordered the vitamins and told me they were on their way. Time will tell if they are my miracle cure-all or not, but I believe they are a direct answer to my prayer sent in God’s perfect timing. (Provision once again!)

My purpose in sharing all this is, first of all, to testify to God’s faithfulness in my life the last few years. But I also want to encourage you that, if you are God’s child and you have a need, He will provide it, maybe even before you know you need it. If there is something you are praying for, don’t stop. Make your petition known and then go about your day doing His work. Trust Him. As the psalmist said, I have never seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread (Psalm 37:25) and I don’t expect to start now.

May you all have a very blessed 2020, rejoicing in God’s continual provision.

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Sony Elise

Sony has been an avid southern gospel fan since she first heard The Happy Goodman Family on a cassette in the mid-1980s. She is the co-founder of Family Renewal and the owner of Sony Elise Editing Services.

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