By Lisa Nordell-Detres
When God created the world, He first planted an abundant garden before he ever formed Adam & Eve. Later on, He allowed 17 year old Joseph, the son of Israel, to be sold by his older brothers into slavery in Egypt. Little did any of them realize that many years later, those same brothers would be begging Joseph, now the Pharaoh’s right hand man, for food. Joseph did understand and told his brothers that what they had meant for evil, God meant for good, thus saving the lives of the entire family of Israel.
Over 400 years later, the nation of Israel, numbering in the millions, left Egypt and wandered in the desert for 40 years. God again miraculously cared for His people by raining manna (angel food), sending water from unlikely sources and preserving even the clothes and shoes of the people. I’m lucky if my shoes even last a year!
King David made an observation about God’s provision in Psalms 37:25:
“I have been young and now am old;
Yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken,
nor His descendants begging bread.”
There are many more stories throughout the Bible of God’s supernatural provision for His people and Jesus also pointed out that if God takes such good care of the birds of the air and the flowers of the field, He will take care of His people so much more (Matthew 6:26). Even the Lord’s Prayer includes, “Give us this day our daily bread.”(Matthew 6:11) We can count on God to supply our needs each and every day. He wants us to keep asking for His daily care; not as a reminder to Him, but to continually remind us that He is the source of life and all good things.
Lisa Nordell-Detres is a mother of four, grandma to two boys, a pastor’s wife and has worked in the garment and customer service industries in southern California. Besides writing, Lisa enjoys cooking, sewing, organic gardening, hiking, skiing and doing most anything outside.
Lisa was born and raised in Denver, Colorado, holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Fashion Design from Woodbury University and an MBA from California State University at Northridge. Lisa, her husband and their youngest child now live in central Oregon.