How God Provides by Brenda K. Blakely
God is my provider. I trust in this and live in faith that He will do as he has done in the past. I believe He will provide as
• God provided a friend to respond to my desperate cry when by first born daughter wasn’t breathing and I had no transportation, as
• God provided a neighbor to help me when my son “drowned in a water-filled hole in the back yard, as
• God provided-a gas card at the midnight hour before our leaving the next day-to pay for gas for us, husband and wife in their 50’s, to leave-giving up the jobs we believed He had provided-to go attend Columbia International University, and as
• God provided daily bread and shelter in good measure, running over, when we had no income.
This testimony had become our vision of how God provides.
Writing The 11:45 Call was different though, somehow. My husband and I never dreamed of being co authors of anything, much less a Bible Study. Who were we to even think of such a task? But God called, we obeyed even to putting our small “God provided” savings into publication and other expenses. We did what God called us to do and then rested.
I realize now that then we expected God to move His message out to those God “called” to engage in personal or corporate Bible study.
Just after the book came out we felt led to conduct a promotional trip which took what little bit we had been able, by God’s provision, to restore to our savings. The 1000+ mile trip turned out to be a delightful trail of prayer intercession and testimony as God led us from one prayer need to another. A few bookstores agreed to put the book on the shelf but there is no way we can count the blessings from that trip.
Promotional offerings flowed from the publisher’s book consultant and even though we appreciated the contact it always required money we didn’t have and we didn’t feel led to move in those directions. Then the moment came when I decided it was time for me to do an in depth Bible study using the book God had written through us.
To my dismay I found an error on page 69. The book we had paid to have edited had errors. I even found several more. The wind was taken from my sails as I wondered how could we promote a book with errors in it. Our book consultant came to the rescue. “All first editions have errors.” Ok, I can buy that and after considerable prayer we begin a small campaign of letting people know the book was available.
Faithwriters begin to play an important role of encouragement and provision of opportunity to promote the book and hence get the message in the hands of those “called” to read it.
And then, God provided a book consultant that
1. had probably read the book judging from her comments,
2. offered encouragement that was real and down to earth
3. connected in such a manner as we believe she was “God provided”.
Back on track, we are now “resting” in faith that God will provide with a renewed reminder that we must “put our feet into the water” before He will “part the sea”. God called us to write, called us to publish, and called us to get the message into the hands of those “called” to use it for study and preparation. He faithfully provided the means for us to accomplish what He called us to do.
Lord, help us to be found faithful and do our part.
Right now, we are praying for God to provide someone to lead a Bible study using the book so that we can participate in a corporate Bible study and find out the rest of the story of God’s provision through The 11:45 Call and studying, researching and writing James Sets the Plumb Line.
Thank you for sharing your story with us, Brenda, and many more blessings on your future writing assignments and books!