This evening for dinner we had venison burgers and bbq squirrel. These are both things that I was able to hunt on our property and provide for our family. I was very proud to be able to provide in this way for my family.
A thought entered my head as we ate this meal. I wonder if God, the Father, feels just as proud for all the things He is able to provide for His children. As Christians, we say that we believe God will provide, but how many of us put our full faith in Him to do this. This past year, as Sarah and I have made a dramatic life change, I have had to truly put my trust in Jesus that He will provide all that we need. It’s not that we don’t have enough money or that we don’t have a house to provide shelter. He has ALREADY provided those things to us, but, if we are to sustain this new life forever, we need to begin to take advantage of ALL of the amazing things God has provided.
As a father, I feel it is my duty to make sure my family is taken care of. I will do what it takes to make sure that happens. This year, as I sat in the woods for 10-12 hours per day deer hunting, I was starting to feel very defeated when after a week, I still didn’t have a deer. Then on day 7, as I was on my way back to our house, a “button buck” was standing right by our pond. I was able to take a shot and kill it almost instantly. We were able to harvest this deer and get it in the freezer. This one deer will provide about 3o meals for our family. We ground 25 lbs of the meat, got 4 roasts from the back strap and the tenderloins.
Whether you hunt or are a vegetarian, if you have ever provided a deer or a bunch of carrots to your family, you already know how great it feels to be a provider. I am sure that Jesus feels just as proud to provide that deer for me as I did to provide it for my family. I will continue to put my trust in Him to provide for us. I will use all of the resources He gave us to my fullest potential.
For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. Jeremiah 29:11