Today's musings come from an unlikely event, running errands. I had a wonderful morning with my daughter Rosharon. We went to Norwich to get some highway driving practice (great job Ro!) and get her several costumes for the upcoming play at GHS. We headed to Goodwill, found her 2 outfits, 2 hats, a belt, a blouse for me, and the AMAZING find of the year.... a new breadmaker. As many of you know, I use my breadmaker a LOT. The buttons are getting worn out and you need a knife and a lot of pressure to change the settings. Also, the mechanism at the bottom of the pan is getting rickety. I happened to find the same EXACT model I have, almost brand new, with the original recipe book but missing the little dough paddle (which I already have) for only $9.99. I was SO VERY EXCITED because breadmakers run $100-$200 for a good one and this one has my "loaf of bread on the table in 58 minute" setting. With Scott out of work, I've been wanting to replace ours but not willing to spend the $100 right now. It was one of those things I wanted, and would have used, but the other still works and I was trying to be a good steward of our finances in this season of unemployment... This reminded me of the Scripture in Deuteronomy 28 (New King James Version) Blessings on Obedience
28:1 “Now it shall come to pass, if you diligently obey the voice of the Lord your God, to observe carefully all His commandments which I command you today, that the Lord your God will set you high above all nations of the earth. 2 And all these blessings shall come upon you and overtake you, because you obey the voice of the Lord your God:
3 “Blessed shall you be in the city, and blessed shall you be in the country.
4 “Blessed shall be the fruit of your body, the produce of your ground and the increase of your herds, the increase of your cattle and the offspring of your flocks.
5 “Blessed shall be your basket and your kneading bowl.
I would say, to make it a modern translation, BLESSED shall be my BREADMAKER!
Thank you Lord for Your blessings finding us every which way we turn (verse 6).
6 “Blessed shall you be when you come in, and blessed shall you be when you go out.
7 “The Lord will cause your enemies who rise against you to be defeated before your face; they shall come out against you one way and flee before you seven ways.
8 “The Lord will command the blessing on you in your storehouses and in all to which you set your hand, and He will bless you in the land which the Lord your God is giving you.
9 “The Lord will establish you as a holy people to Himself, just as He has sworn to you, if you keep the commandments of the Lord your God and walk in His ways. 10 Then all peoples of the earth shall see that you are called by the name of the Lord, and they shall be afraid of you. 11 And the Lord will grant you plenty of goods, in the fruit of your body, in the increase of your livestock, and in the produce of your ground, in the land of which the Lord swore to your fathers to give you. 12 The Lord will open to you His good treasure, the heavens, to give the rain to your land in its season, and to bless all the work of your hand. You shall lend to many nations, but you shall not borrow. 13 And the Lord will make you the head and not the tail; you shall be above only, and not be beneath, if you heed the commandments of the Lord your God, which I command you today, and are careful to observe them. 14 So you shall not turn aside from any of the words which I command you this day, to the right or the left, to go after other gods to serve them.
Then this got me thinking of another Scripture...
I have been young, and now am old; Yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken,
Nor his descendants begging bread.
How good is our God? He knows how much I love making things with my breadmaker, and how much my descendants enjoy eating it! We have been going through this season, for 5 months Scott has been out of work. He has an offer for a job, but no start date or shift assignment. Basically, they've left him waiting for several months, with no communication about WHEN he might start. Being a planner, this really annoys me, and I do admit to venting about it to Scott. But then God reminds me He has everything planned, in His timing, the job will come. He's got my “Daily Bread” covered, just like He always has. He's our provider, and He's been so faithful.
As I read over these verses, I appreciate God's sense of humor to remind me in a very real way that He is watching out for me in the city and in the country, and His blessing will find me around every corner, as long as I continue to seek Him and obey His word. We don't have to live in this world's economy, God has His own kingdom economy, and He is not limited. We just have to remember to look to Him for our provision, and not keep looking back at Egypt, expecting to find our answers there... Our God, who provided Manna (bread) in the wilderness, is still providing for us today! May our hearts always look thankfully and expectantly to him, trusting in His goodness and lovingkindness....
Read those verses again. That blessing is what He wants His people to walk in today.
Those promises are for ME and YOU!!!!