Prayer Requests, God’s Provision, London, & Mustard?!

by adustyframe ~ January 5th, 2009

How’s that for a title (hee hee!)

When I was a teenager, my mother had me clean and organize the spice cupboard. I found an old tin of white mustard that we NEVER used.

(It didn’t quite look like this tin, but you get the idea.)

I had a pile of things to toss out but I wanted to show my mom first. She grabbed the mustard and said, “Oh no. Not this.” and put it back on the shelf.

I said, “MOM! We never use that why can’t I throw it out?”

She reminded me of a story I had heard often. I just hadn’t realized the white mustard was part of the story.

When my sister and I were very little, my dad was the pastor of a church he had started. The church was very small and my dad worked full time.

I don’t quite remember if some bills had come due or something, but they didn’t have a penny for food.

My mom and dad prayed all night. I mean all night. Not just a quick, “We don’t know what to do, Lord.” They stayed up all night and prayed and read their Bible together.

They reminded God that he promises to provide their needs. They reminded him they had 2 little girls to care for. They reminded him that they literally had nothing with which to buy food.

My Dad read quite a bit about George Muller and he was convicted not to share this prayer request with anyone. He just wanted to pray about it and see what God would do.

In the morning, my parents were very tired but they knew they were trusting God.

There was a knock at the door and a neighbor they hadn’t met said,

“Hello. You don’t know me, but I am moving to London today. I have a kitchen full of food and I need to get rid of it. I was going to give it to my friend next door but for some reason I just really feel I should ask you if you want it. Would you be offended if I offer you the food?”

My dad says they were trying to not whoop and holler while they calmly said, “No we wouldn’t be offended at all.”

She carried over bag after bag of groceries. Meat, canned goods, cereal, milk–everything in her entire kitchen.

One item in the bags was the tin of white mustard. My mom says there is no way she will ever throw it out. It’s a reminder to her every time she reaches into the spice cupboard that God hears and God provides.

I thought of this story today after I wrote the other post. I am so thankful for my upbringing. I’m thankful that my parents trusted God and shared these stories with us.

I’m thankful that my mom wasn’t willing to throw away the mustard!


9 Thoughts Shared to Prayer Requests, God’s Provision, London, & Mustard?!

  1. Kim

    That tin of white mustard was to your mom and you what the altars built by the saints of old were – reminders of the providence of God! When God did a miracle in their midst, he commanded them to build an altar – basically just a pile of rocks, but it served as a reminder that he had been active one their behalf in that place.

  2. Jenn

    This is an amazing story! One to be handed down generation after generation (along with that mustard tin!) as an example of God’s provision.

  3. katrina

    What an awesome memory! There are many times that I remember when we were low on money and food, but I don’t think we were ever in such dire straights.

    I’ve been praying about money for my car tags coming due this month. I thought it would cost around $200. I was worried I wouldn’t have the money because a well paying dog sitting job cancelled on me. Got the bill in the mail yesterday and it’s just over $100. With all the overtime from the last two weeks, I will be able to pay it with out any trouble! God is so good!!!!

  4. Stephanie

    Wow – that was an amazing story. God has a plan for you and Lee & James. I will keep praying that you will trust Him as he works it out.

  5. martha

    Oh, thank you Lizzie. What a great story. Your own personal reflections from yesterday were also wonderful. It’s a good reminder, if our God cares about kitty litter, we can trust him with the rest!

  6. Jude

    This is such a cool story and just what I needed to hear today! I have just walked in the door after getting my car towed (suspension broke just as I pulled off the main road and was level with a parking space!). And it’ll cost as much as I’ve got. Combined with the huge (not sure why cos the heating is broken anyway!) gas bill, times are hard….. But times are often hard and God does provide and somehow he keeps me from debt and I never have to buy on credit:) I really feel that I am meant to learn something from this as I find myself in this situation so often!

  7. LeftCoastOnlooker

    That brought tears to my eyes

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  9. Megan Peterson

    Thanks for sharing this story. I just googled stories of God’s provision because I really need encouragement right now in trusting Him to provide for me to go to Uruguay, South America. I know that He has called and told me to go, but there is no way I can afford it myself. Just reading a story where the need did not even have to be shared to be provided for is very encouraging! Thanks so much!

    That’s awesome:) Thanks so much for letting me know God blessed you through this post!

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