“Whoever believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within him.” — John 7:38
Checks … Please!, by Gini Kittle

Has God ever surprised you in an unexpected way? That happened to me recently. I was anxiously waiting for some checks I had ordered to be delivered. Being very careful to conserve my few remaining checks, I began to grow concerned if I was going to have enough checks to pay some of the bills that were coming due. I finally called the company that was printing my checks to find out where they were. I was informed that they had been sent out two days after I had ordered them — which was two weeks earlier! They said I should expect to see the order any day now.

Frustrated with myself for not paying for faster delivery, I began rearranging my schedule so I could make it to the bank to get some temporary checks. Then, I went about my day picking up and cleaning the kitchen. After straightening a few things, I began to open some of the junk mail I’d gotten earlier in the week and set aside. When I opened the second envelope, to my surprise, I found my missing checks! The very checks I had needed had been in my possession for more than a week! I just didn’t know it. I delayed opening the envelope because I hadn’t expected the checks to come in such a package.

I wonder how many times we miss out on God’s blessings or provision because we’re expecting something else, or looking for it to come in a certain way? How much of what we are waiting for and looking for has God already given to us and we’ve failed to realize it? God is always faithful, and He will give us more than what we need … if we will have hearts that accept and open what He’s provided.

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