This looks like a refrigerator.

January 16th, 2011

Yep!  It sure enough does.

But don’t let its innocent looks deceive you!

What appears here to be a classy new refrigerator is a well-timed reminder to Joe, and the rest of us, that “God’s work, done in God’s way, will never lack God’s supply.”

In the process of arranging for our power company to haul away our old one (they will pay us for this), we found out that the used appliance salesman who sold us that old one had lied to us.  All those years we thought we had a 22 cubic foot refrigerator, and it was only 17 cubic feet!  So this 25 cubic foot model seems gigantic!  Those door shelves can hold a gallon jug!  Wow!

Daniel figured out that it should save us $100 in energy costs each year.  Not if we let the door hang open like this, though.  Which is why it beeps at us if we leave the door open too long.

And big hurray!!!  No soggy ol’ towel wrapped around the bottom corner!!!

Before I tell you the story behind this refrigerator, I want you to consider one question.

Did our family need a new refrigerator?

On Christmas Eve, we were stunned to receive a card with $1000 in it.  The letter which was also tucked inside told the story of another family with ten children.  These children are all grown now, and were gathered with their families around a Thanksgiving table.  My friend Pam is married to one of those ten adult children.  She and her husband have a grown daughter named Tracy, who has Down syndrome.  Incidentally, these two ladies appeared on Verity’s blog several months ago.

As is this family’s Thanksgiving tradition, their patriarch asked them to decide between exchanging Christmas gifts or putting their money together to give to someone.

It was unanimous–none of them needed anything.  They wanted to help someone else.

The patriarch next asked if anyone could suggest a need?

Pam wrote, “Not being one to be very shy, I spoke up and told them about your family, that you had ten children, the youngest of whom has Down syndrome, and that you wanted to adopt a child with Down syndrome from Eastern Europe.  They latched onto this idea right away…”

Her letter mentioned a new refrigerator more than once.

It wasn’t until later that Joe told me what had happened a few days earlier.  He had been looking at refrigerators when a little whisper of temptation entered his mind.  “I could put it on the credit card.”

Then, “No, it would be better to wait and see what God will provide.”

Now.

Did our family need a new refrigerator?

We will argue that we did not need a new refrigerator until the moment $1000 fell out of Pam’s letter into our laps.  When Hudson Taylor wrote the phrase I quoted at the beginning of this post, we believe that he meant, “God’s work, done in God’s way, will never lack what God decides that work needs (no more and no less), when God decides to supply it (no sooner and no later).”

Oh puh-leeeeeeze, Susanna!  It is just a refrigerator!  Do you have to make a spiritual story out of ev’rything? *rolling eyes*

Actually, He is the one telling the story.

And I can’t help it that oftentimes thoughts come to my mind in the form of verses from the Word or from hymns.  He made me this way.  Ahem.

“Alike pervaded by His eye,

All parts of His dominion lie,

This world of ours, and worlds unseen,

And thin the boundary between.”

We really do believe that from Him, and through Him, and to Him are all things. Even enormous new refrigerators that remind us of our Sovereign Provider.  To Him be the glory forever!  Amen.

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9 Responses to “This looks like a refrigerator.”

  1. Shari~hotfudgecustard says:

    You must feel like a very special daughter of the King with all these things on your “wish” list being fixed!  I’m so happy for you!!

  2. Denise says:

    So happy for you!!
    Love hearing how God CONTINUES to move mountains for your family!!!

    We are learning to follow this wisdom a little more each day:
     “No, it would be better to wait and see what God will provide.”

  3. Sue Mitchell (fiveboys) says:

    Susanna – Your blogs is one of the first I come to every day. I am in ABSOLUTE AWE of your faith and love for your Savior – your blog inspires me to DESIRE JESUS more and more every day. The story that keeps unfolding is INCREDIBLE. Thank you for sharing the GOSPEL of Jesus Christ every day.

  4. Misty says:

    Praising God for His blessing on you!!!  We are in the “waiting to see what God will provide” place right now and this is just another encouragement…..

  5. Kim says:

    I have given my teenage daughters permission to come and visit your blog anytime!  I love how evident your amazing faith is.  It makes me want more of God each and every time I visit!  Thank you.

  6. Jessica (janns) says:

    What a sweet blessing!!

  7. Marilyn Osborn says:

    Oh, dear friend!  How wonderful!  Praising Him!

  8. Joy Horton says:

    WOWWWWWWWWW!!!

  9. Stephanie Blanchard says:

    WOW WOW WOW WOW!  What a wonderful blessing of provision, straight from the Father Himself!

    I needed to hear this.. in such a big way, Susie.

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