Psalm 23:5-6 says:
You prepare a table before me
in the presence of my enemies.
You anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows.
Surely your goodness and love will follow me
all the days of my life.
The Message versions says His “beauty and love chase after me every day of my life!” What an amazing God we serve! We don’t need to chase after His blessings, but as we allow ourselves to be led by Him – our Good Shepherd – His promise is that His goodness chases after us. This means that even when we least expect it, God’s blessings sneaks up on us and surprises us. In other times, it bears down on us – we can’t escape it!
I can’t believe that we are already one third of the way through the year. In this Year of Unceasing Fruitfulness, I believe that I will not feel it when heat comes, but my leaves will be evergreen. As Joseph Prince shared at the beginning of the year, each month will bring a new manifestation of fruitfulness.
One of the major blessings for this month is a vicarious one.
My wife had been looking for a job for some time now and was a bit discouraged after receiving a few rejection letters. However, one day she was told that the government was going to offer her a position but that it would take some time to process. The job would be fairly run-of-the-mill, but the hours would be great and it would be a part-time position, leaving her time to do stuff around the home and to be involved in ministry.
As she was waiting for the job to come to confirmed, she saw an advertisement for a job that she had really wanted with a boutique public relations, branding and design firm. She applied for it not really expecting anything and within a couple of days, she was asked to “go in for a chat”. Then she was asked to work for a day on a freelance basis.
After the freelance day, she wasn’t sure whether she’d be offered a formal position, but then we went on a trip down to Dunsborough for her birthday. When we got back, she was formally offered the government job, but she didn’t sense that it was what she really wanted, especially because she wasn’t sure if the boutique firm would give her a job offer.
So, being a wise husband, I suggested to her that she should go back to the boutique firm to ask what their intentions were, otherwise she would take the government job. The response from the boutique firm was: “don’t work for the government – we want you to work for us!”
And best of all, even though the job was advertised as a full-time job, the boutique firm was prepared to let her work a three-day week – so she gets a four-day weekend every week! I’m so envious!
That’s the provision of God.
There have been other blessings too of course. We’ve finally found a home church to settle in and in the past month, we’ve met some really great people and made some new friends in our cell group.
And as far as this blog is concerned, it has now been going for four months and readership has steadily grown over that time. Last month, we hit 1,012 views!
I’m grateful to God for His blessings in my life. God has a way of causing our cups to overflow! His blessings sneak up on us and surprise us.