When God Provides Abundantly More

When God Provides Abundantly More

I’m sure you’ve seen the articles and posts about brides-to-be planning their once in a lifetime wedding during a worldwide pandemic. Maybe you saw it and felt a twinge of sadness for the girl, or maybe you were like me, and you were one of those girls. 

The day I got engaged to the most godly, amazing man I’ve ever met, I was beyond thrilled. Like anyone getting engaged, we started planning our wedding, dreaming of all the possibilities and getting excited about what God was going to do. Would my family be able to come? Would we get a visa for my soon-to-be husband to travel back with me after our wedding? 

For about three months, I made plans and lists galore. Being the type-A person I am, I had so much figured out within those three months. But then a Covid case came to Ghana, and our world shut down. Literally. No more flights open, no more visas given; our world stopped. Weddings and funerals were banned along with many other social activities. Pretty soon, we were all trapped in our houses, quarantined, which back then was a foreign term. All wedding plans were put on hold as we watched and waited to see what would happen.

We ended up pushing back our wedding, not once, but twice, as we tried to use wisdom while trying to make our (my) dream wedding come true. I remember one night, kneeling on the floor in tears, knowing God was asking me to surrender all my plans to him. I don’t think surrendering is ever an easy thing because we, as humans, tend to want our own way. But through his help, I did surrender, as we pushed the wedding back yet again. 

The funny thing is, looking back now, six months later, the moments of stress and tears aren’t the ones stuck in my mind. Instead, what sticks out in my mind most are the ways God provided when everything seemed to be in chaos. The whole world was upside down, but Jehovah-Jireh is the God who provided. He always provides; it’s in his name.

Though my wedding wasn’t anything like my original dreams, it was so much better. Sure, I had to let go of my original dreams and desires. When I did that though, I gave God the room to work. And he didn’t disappoint. Isn’t that how God works? He delights in providing for us, his children—abundantly more than we could ever ask or imagine.

Isn’t it when we surrender to him, he provides way more than we could’ve done on our own? So many times throughout Scripture, we see this happen: Abraham surrendered his son, but God provided a scapegoat; Joseph surrendered his rights, but God provided an empire; Ruth surrendered her plans, but God provided a legacy; Hannah surrendered her dreams, but God provided a livelihood; Mary surrendered her body, but God provided a Savior; and the disciples surrendered their lives, but God provided eternity. Thankfully, his abundant provision will extend to all peoples of all generations, even to your story and to mine. We just need to surrender to him first. But when we do, Jehovah Jireh promises to provide—abundantly.

I’d love to hear your stories! How has God provided abundantly for you in the past year? Have you had to surrender anything in order to see his provision in your life?

6 Comments

  1. Lily April 6, 2021

    Oh yes, He is so ,so generous! Thank you for the reminder and for sharing your story! My husband and I are at the beginning stages of pursuing long-term missions and in 2020 though there were so many disappointments He blessed us with enough money to pay off our debts… we were certainly NOT expecting that. On top of that this year we still got a large tax-return that will help get us through Bible school. He is so very gracious.

    1. Ashley April 7, 2021

      Oh, that’s amazing! I love it when God surprises us like that. Amen, He is so gracious. Thanks for sharing! That’s such an encouraging testimony!

  2. Jenny April 7, 2021

    Thank you for these words and this reminder. There are so many things we have to surrender, especially as we are in the midst of cross-cultural work but do thankful for the provision and surprises the Lord gives. We had so many plans shift and change last year but out of the overflow of that he miraculously gave us a home and ministry base. God is so good.

    1. Ashley April 7, 2021

      That is so true. I love that: God provides from the overflow. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Rachel Espazien April 14, 2021

    Wow. I just stumbled upon this post. My husband and I just walked through a similar experience. Except we ended up forgoing a wedding completely. We got engaged in 2019 and hoped to get married soon after. We got our marriage certificate last summer but kept things low key and didn’t live married. We got it in order to start a green card application. Last fall we hoped to have a small wedding and my family visit. But Haiti fell into unrest… again. Since then it has gotten worse and worse. It’s not even COVID, though that does add some stress to travel. It’s kidnappings, murders, violent protesting. Finally in February after much prayer and talking it out we decided to consumate our marriage and share our news with everyone. No white dress or celebration. Just us 2. It was one of the hardest decisions we’ve ever made! I too have always been a dreamer and planner. I had a whole Pinterest board of wedding plans. Over and over the past few years God seems to be asking me to surrender. Just when I feel I’ve given everything up there comes another test even harder than before. Though not an easy choice to make, my husband and I are extremely happy. The Lord has given us so much peace and been faithful in making our relationship strong through trials we face as a couple. Things don’t seem to be getting better anytime soon. My family haven’t been down to Haiti or seen my husband since 2019. It’s hard but HE is faithful.

    A sister in Christ

  4. Ashley April 15, 2021

    Wow, Rachel, that’s so hard. Especially when there’s no end in sight to the challenges. But congrats on your new marriage. Thank you for sharing your story. It’s encouraging to know others have gone through similar things.

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