My God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.
~ Philippians 4:19
Years ago I can remember one of my grandparents telling me that God supplies "exactly what we need, not what we may want."
It was one of those moments where as a young adult I began to then question some of my own dreams of what I hoped to have in life. It didn't make for the dreams to disappear, but it did make me realize that anything I was going to "want," I would have to work harder for it to become a reality.
It didn't take long for me to receive a better understanding of what my grandmother was talking to me about. I can remember a time when I was praying for direction in my life. Out of college, and living on my grandmother's farm, I really felt like I was supposed to be doing more with my life. On a trip out to Arizona to visit family, I "ran into" some friends from college at a mall where we were shopping. The friends told me about a job in Wyoming with the company they were working with. Once seeing me, they commented, "God just made this happen. You would really be a perfect fit."
I remember laughing and kindly declining, even when they called me, telling me they had spoken to the owner of the company and that he was interested in talking with me.
While gathering my mail at the Post Office after returning home from my trip, there was a brochure on top of the stack of mail with someone else's name on it, but also including the title, "Or Current Resident." The brochure was a travel advertisement for Wyoming.
I remember talking to my grandmother and she reminded that, "Sometimes when God is providing what we need, we must be open to the change we need to make ourselves available to receive what God has for us."
I ended up taking the job and absolutely loved the experience.
To this day I try to look at what I need, versus what I want. I realize that even now I still struggle at times to understand when doors close, or things change that effect my life, but ultimately I realize that it is God's way of getting me to a place where I can be right where God wants me to be, and have exactly the right blessings for that time.
Stay in God's grip!
G. Todd Williams (c) 2018
Rev. G. Todd Williams lives in the Houston metro area and is a Hospice Chaplain and ordained Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) pastor.