November 28, 2016 - Heather Portillo

“I will answer them before they even call to me. While they are still talking about their needs, I will go ahead and answer their prayers!” Isaiah 65:24

During the Christmas season, I often think about the gifts that Mary and Joseph were given by the wise men. Gold, frankincense, and myrrh have significant symbolism and the couple may have recognized that, but I wonder what Mary thought when strangers arrived with these unexpected gifts? I wonder what she did with the gifts? I sometimes imagine Mary & Joseph living a simple life, similar to mine. Were they living in “lean times”? Did the gold come just at the moment when they weren’t sure how they were going to make ends meet?

Isaiah 65:24 reminds us that God sees us and He is listening. He knows our needs before we pray and sometimes He answers before we ask Him for help.

About three years ago I was cleaning around the house on my day off and noticed that we only had a couple of diapers. I thought to myself, “I don’t even have $20 to buy a case of diapers”. A few minutes later, my doorbell rang. I opened the door and my friend was standing there holding a $20 bill. She said, “Heather, I was heading home and I felt like God wanted me to stop by and give you some money because you needed it.” My jaw dropped and I hugged her and said thank you. I told her I had just thought about this exact need.

God is so good! In times of financial hardship I have learned to trust that He sees my need and hears my request. He hears yours too! This Advent Season, I challenge you to trust in God’s ability to provide your every need. Sometimes He gives lavishly and other times he gives just what we need. In both, we are truly blessed to be loved by a God who sees us and delights in surprising us with an unexpected blessing.

 Father, thank you for the many blessings in my life. I am so blessed to be loved, protected and guided by you. Show me how I can be an unexpected blessing in the lives of others and help me to recognize every blessing that you provide. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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