Earlier this week I stood in line at the fourth grocery store of the day for what felt like far longer than the few hours we’d been out. My eyes were starting to blur as I read labels and prices trying to buy all of the right ingredients for a Thanksgiving feast. As we marched back to the car once again I was overwhelmed thinking about how many choices I had to face in one day about seemingly trivial things.
In college, I took a class on existentialism and we talked about being paralyzed by possibilities. Maybe it’s a flair for the dramatic, but this phrase frequently pops into my mind in situations like this. You know that feeling where you have so many options in front of you that the thought of picking one threatens to shut your mind down entirely? That’s where I was during this marathon shopping trip.
As I’ve thought more about it, I’m so grateful that I’m not responsible for providing for myself. I used to think that I was. That if I got the best grades, went to the best school, and led in the right organizations then I could provide whatever sort of life I dreamed of. God had other plans for me. I still did most of those things, but I learned that God was the only one who could provide for me, and that everything I thought I was earning, was really God’s provision in my life. I was exhausted after shopping for a day’s worth of food. I am so glad that God is the one providing for my life and not me!
What has God’s provision in your life been like? Use this Psalm to reflect on just that.
1 Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth.
2 Worship the Lord with gladness;
come before him with joyful songs.
3 Know that the Lord is God.
It is he who made us, and we are his;
we are his people, the sheep of his pasture.
4 Enter his gates with thanksgiving
and his courts with praise;
give thanks to him and praise his name.
5 For the Lord is good and his love endures forever;
his faithfulness continues through all generations.
Questions for Reflection
What does it mean to you to know that God made you and that we are His people?
What things in your life can you thank God for today (no matter how small)?
How does it feel to read that the Lord is good, his love endures forever, and his faithfulness continues through all generations? Is that consistent with how you view God?
Spend a few moments thanking God for the things in your life. Write them down or simply talk about them with God.