I am so thankful for the two providers in my life — God and my husband Alexander.
Last month, Alexander was switching jobs and he took a short break in between to catch up on some house projects. As a result, our budget for the month was a little tighter than normal, including our food budget. And that was totally fine! — we made do with a little less than normal and God, in His awesome power and authority, provided not only for all of our needs but also for some of our wants. This month, however, I have my full food budget back. As I was shopping on Tuesday, I realized just how excited and thankful I am to be able to afford the healthy, wholesome food with which we stock our fridge and pantry. My hard-working husband tirelessly, steadfastly earns the money I need to simply buy groceries — what a precious gift and sacrifice that is.
To thank him for being my provider, I wanted to get him some bacon or sausage to go with the pancakes we were having for supper. That being said, I typically try to keep most of our meals as simple, unprocessed, and “whole” as possible so I couldn’t quite bring myself to buy the cheap, nitrate- and preservative-laden breakfast meats sold at most of the grocery stores. After searching the meat departments of Smith’s, Sam’s, Ridley’s, and WalMart, Natural Grocers sounded like a much better option, even if I had to pay a higher price.
And this is where God’s unfathomable care for the simple, day-to-day details of a homemaker’s life come into play. As I checked out at Natural Grocers with a box of marked-down bacon (I go for discount items whenever I can and Alexander had said he preferred the bacon to the marked-down chorizo), I learned that all of the bacon in the store — friends, we’re talking ALL of the bacon — was on sale for $2.99. That’s at least 50% off most of the prices and even cheaper than the bargain price I thought I was paying. And I had no idea that sale was even taking place until I had 1) followed God’s leading to buy a treat for my husband, 2) chosen to pay a little extra for something healthy, and 3) asked my husband if he preferred bacon or sausage. Never could I have orchestrated all that on my own.
God has shown me time and time again this year that He is my Provider, but sometimes it takes a package of bacon to remind me of just how detail-oriented and caring a Provider He is.
Questions for You!
How has God provided for you this year?
In what ways has God shown you His care and attention to detail?
How do you show your husband gratitude?