Our Daily Bread

Each week during the church service, we recite The Lord’s Prayer together. Evidently, I repeat it weekly and still don’t understand its meaning.
Ten years ago, my husband and I bought a farm. I prayed about it and believed that God would bless us with money for the annual payments. But I constantly tried to figure out where the money would come from. Shortly after our purchase I lost my job. I tried to make up for the lost income by working hard on the farm. Then I lost my health. Not only could I not help my husband, I had large medical bills. When the Christmas trees were big enough to harvest, the market declined so we were not making a profit. We made each minimal payment as it came due, but the bulk of the loan remained. By my calculations, we couldn’t pay off the 13-year contract.
Then one Sunday I was praying, “Give us this day our daily bread.” I realized it was saying that God takes care of our daily needs. It didn’t say God had to explain where next week’s bread was coming from. In ten years God had been faithful from day to day, yet I was still wasting my time worrying about three years down the road. God can be trusted to provide all my needs at the perfect time and in His way, not mine.

Have you ever tried to calculate how God should answer your prayers?

2 thoughts on “Our Daily Bread

  1. Lynn Hare

    Nancey, great post. Following a recent car accident, I’ve missed work for several weeks. I’m relying on God to come through with our daily bread. I regret my days of strength to the extent that I relied on myself. I celebrate my days of weakness, for then I rely on my God.

  2. Robin G. Barlow

    Boy, just this month I was so worried if I would make my Salon rent. So out loud in front of the nail tech in my salon I said well this is definitely the time we need to trust in the Lord. So I just let it go. It took right up to the day rent was due that I finally just made enough. And then on my way home I check the mail and found we had received our federal taxes back. God shows us in many way how to trust in him. I am finally learning, worrying is a waste of time!

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