Have you ever walked around a store and wondered where all of the many items in that store come from or how they get there? For example, think about a familiar place like Walmart. Every item that you “need” has to come from somewhere. You can buy chicken that comes from Tyson and they probably bought the live chickens from some farmer. Your toiletries come from a variety of places such as Proctor and Gamble or Johnson and Johnson, but even the ingredients in those toiletries come from another source. The point is every item in Walmart has to be managed as a part of the supply chain. Before items run out someone has to make sure that they are replenished. They literally have to manage thousands of suppliers to provide for that one store. Similarly, God meets our needs in this way. His word tells us, “And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:19 NIV)
When I wrote the first message in my series on Transitions, Trampled On The Floor, it was about the end of one phase of my journey and the beginning of another; however, it took some time for me to get to that point. Along the journey, I was depleted in many areas of my life. My shelves were almost empty. I was running low on self-esteem, finances, food, joy and motivation among others; however, I never ran out. Just as I would get to a breaking point my truck full of supplies would arrive. God would show me that while I may not be eating the food that I wanted, He would not allow me to go without food. God brought people into my life that were a part of my supply chain. When I was running low on finances, there were people who would just put money in my bank account or in my hand. When my spirit was broken, He sent people to sow words of wisdom, motivation and encouragement. When I was physically drained, He provided a space for me to rest. He was concerned about the smallest detail. I remember one time I was so frustrated about my hair that I didn’t want to leave the house. Some people have bad hair days but I have hair tragedies. One of my girlfriends called and said, “I know what it’s like not to feel good because of your hair so I’m going to pay for you to get it done.” Incredible God! One of my greatest blessings was having shelter even when I could no longer afford it. God absolutely supplied ALL of my needs.
Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life? “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? (Matthew 12:26-30 NIV)
Today I am grateful that during my transition I could plainly see God for who He is and what He does. I knew that it wasn’t my good looks, my charm or my wit that kept me clothed, fed and sheltered. It was really God managing my supply chain. He managed the who, the what and the how it would happen. What I do know is that what God has done for me is what He will do for you. When I stepped out on faith, I didn’t know how my needs would be met, but I am grateful that God had a ready supply chain. More than Walmart, He manages a supply chain for billions of people!
Thank You for being the supplier of all of my needs. I am grateful for Your unconditional love and the people that You sent into my life when my shelves were empty and I needed to be restored. Please use me as a vessel so that I can be a ready supply for others. Thank You for building my faith during my season of transition. In Jesus’ Name, Amen!
Today I EMPOWER you to look at your supply chain. Take an assessment of your needs and recall how God has supplied each one. Take a moment to thank the people that God uses as vessels in your supply chain. Continue to trust Him even when you feel like your shelves are getting low. Know that just as you feel depleted God will send in a ready supply.
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Ms. Chancee` Lundy lives in Washington, DC and is an entrepreneur as she is the co-owner of Nspiregreen, LLC, an environmental consulting firm. She is also a dedicated daughter, sister, friend and community servant. She has used her gift of public speaking to lead workshops across the globe speaking to crowds as large as 10,000 people. Her guiding scriptures this week are Philippians 4:11-13 “Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content. I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: everywhere and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.”