Yes, there's nothing like a set of fever and chills in 90 degree plus weather.
Anyway, I should be in bed but I can't get comfortable--something about needing to breathe to sleep. So here I am blogging--good for what ails you. And I want to tell you about God's true providence for me today, on a day when I have physically felt horrible.
I volunteer at our local Ronald McDonald House in a couple of ways, but every other month our family cooks the evening meal for the families that are staying there. Usually that's about 30-35 people plus volunteers, staff and our family. It can be quite a crowd. Husband and I split up the duties, the boys pitch in, the volunteers and staff also contribute dicing, slicing, and chopping if necessary. I love cooking for a crowd, and this is definitely the way to do it.
Months ago I wrote on my calendar that our meal night was Wednesday, June 27th. I stopped at the House today to plan my menu, shop the pantry provisions, and visit with the staff. I was greeted with, "Hey, what are you cooking tonight?"
"Tonight? I'm cooking for tomorrow night."
"No, you're on the calendar for tonight."
"No, no, I'm sure I'm on the calendar for tomorrow night."
"Er, no, we're pretty sure you're on the calendar for t.o.n.i.g.h.t."
Well, you don't need anymore dialog to know where this is going. I had the dinner tonight. for thirty plus people. to be served at 6:30. after receiving this news at 3:00. and husband could not be there to help because of a prior commitment.
Quickly, oh so quickly a menu had to be put together. The House fridge had an untouched 9x13 pan of fresh green beans, a huge bowl of untouched pasta salad, and some leftover macaroni and cheese. I went to the grocery store and bought 5 rotisserie chickens, three extra large boxes of fried chicken, and a bunch of fresh fruit. Back to the House. The boys unloaded and I began setting things out.
But I still didn't have a dessert. As I was fretting over how to get brownies quickly made and finish cutting up all the fruit, a local bakery called and asked if they could bring by a wedding cake that had not been used. Apparently the cake was ordered but the bride changed her mind to use another bakery and didn't let the first bakery know. A four layer wedding cake. That's a gift from God as far as I am concerned.
So the dinner was served to a grateful set of families by an extremely grateful ME because I was clearly aware at how greatly God had gone before me to provide a fridge full of untouched food I could serve fresh, a cake previously rejected but now warmly received, and with minimal effort on my part on a day where any effort has been difficult.
Thanks be to God for the very practical way He showed His provision to me today.
"I will extol you, my God and King, and bless your name forever and ever." Psalm 145:1