While traveling to see family over the holiday, my husband reserved a rental vehicle as is our norm for driving such a long trip. We enjoy traveling in something much newer offering less mileage than either of our ’99 and ’05 models have to offer, as well as more space for a comfortable road trip.
We thoroughly enjoyed the minivan we had at our disposal for nearly 2 weeks. It took us 15 hours west of where we reside. It felt so luxurious as we took turns driving throughout our journey. The van boasted heated seats & steering wheel, contoured seats, automatic sliding doors, back-up camera and all the other bells and whistles a new vehicle offers. You can imagine how sad we were to say goodbye to our rental this evening. It had such a smooth ride with plenty of room for all our loot. Heck, it still had that new car smell that reminds you that you are, in fact, driving a new vehicle. To us, this ride was luxury. As we hopped back into our ’99 tired, smaller SUV, we tried not to feel jealous of whoever would be driving the van next. In our minds, we longed for the much newer vehicle over our ride.
It was about that time that God reminded me that He is our Provider and that His timing is perfect. Sure, we’d love to have a newer, bigger family vehicle BUT, we enjoy not having another monthly bill to pay since both our vehicles are paid for. Yes, our family vehicle is wracking up the miles but it serves us well. We rarely have to have it serviced. God knows what we need…and when we need it. We know what we think we need, or just want. Can I get an amen?!
We can easily be deceived to believe ‘if I just had that car, or that house, or that piece of furniture, or (fill in the blank), I’d be happy’. That, my friend, is a lie from the pit of hell. Admittedly, as a SAHM, sometimes it’s easier than not for me to fall into such a trap set by our enemy. I’ll hear that voice: “you deserve it” or “you’ve had a tough day” or “it’s just money” and if I’m not on my game by being in tune with the Lord, I buy into the lie, quite literally. The problem is, whenever I do indulge, it hasn’t brought me the happiness I’d hoped for. More often than not it has caused great guilt for spending money that I shouldn’t be spending. The truth is the grass isn’t greener on the other side. It just isn’t. We want so desperately to believe that it is but time after time, you and I both have witnessed situations where someone stepped out and found out the hard way.
Through it all, all the wrestling taking place in our minds, God knows best. You remember the popular TV show from way back when, “Father Knows Best“? Our heavenly Father really does know best and He wants to lavish good gifts upon His children just as a parent wants to lavish upon his child(ren). As a parent, I know that if I lavish too much upon my son, I will spoil him. To me, there’s nothing worse than a spoiled brat; someone who believes he’s entitled. We are a blessed people and God knows better than we do what we have need of. We only see what we think we need when most of the time it’s a want.
And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:19)
Oftentimes, when I’m feeling like I’m in lack of something that I believe I need (more like a want that I rationalize to be a need), I take a step back and look at all that He has already richly bestowed upon me and my family. My goodness, we have a home, 2 paid for cars, jobs, health, a beautiful son, a happy marriage. Then I think back to a time prior when I wanted so desperately to be a wife and a mother, to have a home and I remember how God answered each of those prayers in His perfect timing, not mine. You see, I would’ve settled for far less than what He desired to bless me with. I’ve been known to remind my husband of this very thing when he falls into “the trap”. It doesn’t take long for us both to realize how truly blessed we are. I challenge you to do the same the next time you find yourself in “the trap”. It really does put things into perspective!
Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. (James 1:17)