Not for the first time, Pastor Freddie told me yesterday he needs me to find transport for a massive donation of peanut butter from Arkansas to the East Coast. The peanut butter will then be shipped to Haiti, where Pastor Freddie and others will use it to feed thousands of Haitian children in vacation Bible school in August. The peanut butter, he said, needs to be shipped ASAP to make it through customs and arrive on time in Haiti.
“Lara, God has already provided the transport,” he said. “It’s our job to find out whom He has provided through,” he explained with total confidence.
Pastor Freddie had asked me to find transport for over $40,000 of peanut butter shortly after the Haiti earthquake. I had become quickly frustrated and told him I did not have the skills, time, or contacts to help him. But Pastor Freddie didn’t need my help, nor did I need his. We needed God’s, and God had already provided.
I recalled a beagle I had taken in 1.5 years before that had been hit by a car and had a broken pelvis. God healed her pelvis without surgery, she was adopted into a loving home, and God reminded me the beagle had been transported from Arkansas. I called her transport coordinator, who informed me he was a truck driver at a company that would ship the peanut butter at no cost across the country. Who but God would have orchestrated all this? People must have thought I was crazy to take a dog with a broken pelvis from Arkansas, but God knew even back then that the earthquake would come and he would use me and the dog transporter to help move the peanut butter to starving children in Haiti.
Just as Pastor Freddie reminded me yesterday, God is the provider and knows who and what He has put in place to provide whatever is necessary to do His Kingdom work. I am learning by watching my pastor’s faith walk to live by faith and not by what I see with my human eyes. Pastor Freddie has not received a financial increase in pay in over 12 years. Nor does his inner city church have the wealth necessary to send him to Haiti every few weeks where he had ministered for over a decade.
But Pastor Freddie does not lay awake at night worrying over how the Lord will provide his food, shelter, clothes, nor what is needed to pastor in two nations – including inner city Savannah where the need is great and Haiti where the need is dire. He does not worry because he trusts. He knows who His provider is, and he leaves it at that.
So if God is our provider, how am I supposed to get the peanut butter from Arkansas to Savannah? Pastor Freddie advised me yesterday as he continued yet another faith lesson.
“Your job is to knock on doors until the right one opens. We don’t know how the Lord has provided this time,” he explained. “We just know that the provision is already there. The Bible tells us to knock, so knock.”
This time around, unlike a few years ago when I was flustered and frustrated and full of worry, I am completely confident God has provided. I just need to knock. So I am knocking.
In less than a day, I contacted the truck company that helped last time. The company so far has been unable to help this time around. Then I called a Christian-owned truck company in Georgia with whom I had been put in touch a few years ago. The kind gentleman with whom I spoke said he could not help, but knew someone in Arkansas.
Within a few hours, I received an e-mail with the name of a Christian truck company that I was told may be able to help. I smiled joyfully as I read the scripture on their website.
Psa 20:7 “Some trust in chariots, and some in horses: but we will remember the name of the LORD our God.”
I called the company and found out the man with whom I spoke has done missionary work in Haiti many times, and is a worship leader. He did not know that his company would be able to help, but said he would inquire and that if nothing else he would advise us through the process of finding the company the Lord has chosen.
As long as I trust the Lord, as long as I persist and pursue the will of the Lord, I am totally confident I will knock on the right door and find out how the Lord has decided to move the peanut butter from a peanut butter plant in Arkansas all the way into the hungry bodies and hearts of thousands of Haitian children.
Who is our provider? God is. As long as I rely on myself or the world, I am living according to the world’s limited economy. When I put my trust in God as my provider, I get the very best. I get the best provision, and I get the very best of all – I get God.
Stay tuned for more on the Peanut Butter Miracle Project – Part 2…
“And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you. For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.” Luke 11:9-11 KJV