“Would you like a coffeecake? Or a loaf of bread?” The man in uniform stopped my friend Corine and I as we were walking out the door of the bakery. We had met for prayer and accountability, chatting about what God was doing in each of our lives and then praying for each other. But now it was closing time and we were going home.
“It’s free,” the employee continued, noting our hesitation. “We have to throw out today’s bread at the end of the day. We can’t sell it tomorrow. So would you like some?” Corine and I looked at each other in amazement. “Yes, thank you!” I answered. “My family will definitely eat it. And we can share with our neighbors and our church… But are you sure you don’t have someone else to give it to?”
“Nope. It’s for you! Help yourselves.” He gestured in the direction of his van, which was full of bags of bread, bagels, scones, and cakes. “Take it all! Just close the doors of the van when you’re done.” And with that, the man turned and walked inside the shop.
“Should we really take it?” I asked Corine, staring at the loaves of bread. “I feel kind of greedy taking all of this, but he said we could…” Corine laughed. “This is God’s gift to us! We were just praying for God to provide for our needs – and He’s answered our prayers!”
Loading up the trunk of my car with bag after bag of free baked goods, I was overwhelmed with God’s abundant love and care for me. In the past month, I’ve had several unexpected financial blows, just as I’m preparing to leave for two months of volunteer teaching at a Bible school in Germany. It was discouraging, but I knew that the Lord had called me to do this, and I trusted that He would take care of it. And once again, He not only gave me my “daily bread,” but far above what I would have dared to ask for!
Child of the King
“I need to hang around you more often!” I told Corine. “This is the second time I’ve gotten free bread at this bakery – when I’m with YOU!” Corine laughed. “I was just thinking that YOU have God’s favor and that’s why we keep getting blessed!” We finally agreed that we are BOTH God’s favored daughters.
Do you see yourself as a favored son? Or do you think of yourself as a beloved daughter? Do you expect God to pour out abundant blessings in your life? You don’t have to live as an orphan, begging for scraps from the table. You are a precious child of the King. Receive His overflowing love today!
“Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us, to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations forever and ever. Amen.” Ephesians 3:20-21