Thoughts on life from Pat Oaks
We haven't been to the store for a few days, so tonight for supper I decided to just see what I had on my shelf and in my refrigerator. I knew that I had bought a package of boneless chicken breasts awhile back and had frozen half of them. I looked up Chicken in an old Betty Crocker cookbook that Tommy had bought me for Valentine's Day early in our marriage. (Perhaps a hint???)
As I looked down the list I saw a casserole dish using any kind of meat. It also called for cubed bread, cheddar cheese, onions, peas, tomatoes and a white sauce. I didn't think I had any tomatoes or peas but when I looked on the shelf I had a can of each! I really wanted fresh tomatoes, but settled for the canned. I had some croutons, so used those instead of bread.
I had left over rice from last night, so warmed it up and we had a wonderful supper! I was telling the guys that it was supposed to have fresh tomatoes but I had a can of whole tomatoes that I used instead. About that time, a friend of ours, who comes underneath the bridge with us to work with the homeless, knocked on our door. She asked if we needed any tomatoes! There were two big boxes full!!
Now, I don't know about you, but I just think that is really strange. Or maybe not. Maybe it was just God's way of saying, I have all the resources anyone could ever want or need!
Thank you sweet Donna. You are the dearest of friends and not just because you brought us tomatoes!
I am keeping 3 of them...they are HUGE....but tomorrow I am taking them to our food truck to give out to those who come every Tuesday.
What is it that you need this day? "Ask and ye shall receive!" (John 16:24)
In Deuteronomy 8 we read where the Lord fed the Israelites with manna from heaven and gave them water from a rock, and they still complained! Their clothes and shoes didn't wear out, and still they complained.
Every week we give food and water to a hundred plus people underneath a bridge in Knoxville. We also give clothing and shoes. We aren't the only place who does this. No one in our town needs to go hungry or without clothing and shoes.
Yet, I can't tell you how often I hear complaining. I can't tell you how often I throw away plates full of food, or find perfectly good clothing left behind on the ground.
It isn't just the homeless...it's me. How in the world do I feel I have the right to complain about anything? The Lord is constantly providing food and water for me..Many times that food seems to appear out of the sky! The water seems to appear out of a rock. My clothing lasts far longer than it should and my shoes never wear out.
Yet I complain.
"Beware that you do not forget the Lord your God by not keeping His commandments. His precepts, and His statutes which I command you today., Lest when you have eaten and are full, and have built goodly houses and live in them, and when your herds and flocks multiply and your silver and gold is multiplied and all you have is multiplied, then your minds and hearts be lifted up and you forget the Lord your God." Deuteronomy 8:11-14