God meets all our needs


Last October, I had to say goodbye to my dog, an Australian shepherd; he was my husband’s dog for 10 years and my buddy for the last two of his 12 years as our pet. We had shared daily walks for several years and played and finally grieved together.

I was beginning to miss having a dog and had been praying about it, so my son and his wife were going to get me a rescue dog for Christmas. On Dec. 18, I was looking out my kitchen window and there, coming toward the back porch, was this dog; with his long hair thickly matted and dirty, he looked like a worn-out dust mop. He marched up onto the back porch and around the house to the front door, which was open.

He stuck his nose up to the storm door and began barking as if to say, “Here I am.” He was too dirty and full of fleas to let in the house, but I fed him and we became well enough acquainted that he let me cut away the matted hair.

He won my heart quickly, because he was so sweet and happy. He didn’t know how ugly he looked; he only knew he’d found a home. I told my son they needed to find another Christmas gift. Company came for the holidays, so it was a few days before I took the little guy to the vet to get him cleaned up right. Everyone kept asking me what I was going to name him and it seemed to me there was only one choice, “Sent,” because I feel he really must have been. He is now a beautiful cocker spaniel that provides much entertainment for my mother and myself.

The wind last week blew down limbs all over the yard and the top 10 feet of a dead pine tree landed about 25 feet from the house. If more of it had fallen, it would’ve been on part of the roof. Another tree lost its top half, which landed near the fence only touching it, not causing any damage.

But in spite of this, my two dogwood trees are in full bloom and lovely and a few bluebonnets are in bloom near one tree. I guess I’ve related all this to say: I know My Lord knows my wants and my needs. He provides me with what is best for me and protects me in every way. He reveals himself in the beauty of sunrises and sunsets, flowers and trees, and all that He is.

I really love the way I have learned to see God’s hand in all that happens to me. I don’t always understand some of it, and I’m sure I don’t always appreciate some of it, at least at first, but I know I can depend on Him.

Maybe you’re experiencing some things you don’t understand and would like to find some meaning in trials of this life. The Bible is God’s manual for life and learning to read and understand how it still applies to our lives today is the best place to start.

We would like to invite you to visit us at First Baptist Church and let us sharethis learning experience with you. We call ourselves the “People Place” and we are just people facing the same struggles and concerns others do, but we do it together. Come for one of our worship services on Sunday morning; they are at 8:10 a.m. and 10:45 a.m.

Visit our website, www.fbc-people.com, for more information about our church mission, the scheduled activities, and special events. We look forward to meeting you. Have a great week and give God the glory!