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The largest crystalline gold speciman in the world at Ironstone Vineyards.

It’s funny what happens when warm weather and the promise of spring come around.

Today, as I was driving along the rural highway where I live, I couldn’t help but notice the vibrant green that had sprung up virtually overnight. It’s like a day or two of sunshine, and all things that love the sun have come out. And, when I say everything, I mean everything, weeds included. Even dandelions look bright and festive when the winter has been long and unpredictable.

As I looked at the oak trees that dotted the meadows and rolling hills, along with the flowers that are starting to try to come out in all their purple, pink and yellow glory, I was amazed that God keeps it all going and it all belongs to Him.

In short, He not only made everything, but He owns it.

Since He owns it, I wonder why those of us who believe in Him do fret and worry about where the next dollar is coming from, where the next meal is coming from, where the money to pay the next bill is coming from, because it’s all His and he can provide for us any way that He chooses.

There’s an old story around the Mother Lode that there was a miner during the Gold Rush who was a highly religious man. He staked his claim next to all his wild living friends, but didn’t indulge in their lifestyle. He read his Bible many times everyday. He dug for gold and was convinced that the Lord would provide that gold for him.

Everyday before he dug he prayed out loud that the Lord would help him to find gold on his claim until those nearby were just a little sick of hearing him. They dubbed him ‘the Preacher’ because he was always telling them about the Lord. After a while, they decided to play a trick on him.

In the dead of the night, they each contributed their gold to the cause until they had quite a tidy amount of it. Then they snuck out to his claim and seeded his mining claim with it, just so they could have a big laugh when they told him that God didn’t provide the gold for him, they did.

You can imagine the next day how they were waiting with held breath for him to go to his claim and find the gold. They were not disappointed with his reaction, he was ecstatic with his find, praising the Lord who had provided for him on the claim that he just knew his God had led him to. When he told the other miners about the claim, they fessed up to their trickery and his face fell.

The story goes he was so disappointed in the Lord, that he hardly dug anymore after that and soon left the area because he was so despondent.

Which is how we get when the Lord provides something that we know He’s promised us but it’s delivered in a way we didn’t expect. Like through another person and not with some miraculous flair like we all would prefer, then we can point at it and say without a shadow of a doubt look at how the Lord provided for me in this miraculous way.

Somehow though it doesn’t matter who He works through, or what, because it all belongs to Him anyway because it’s His choice to provide for us the way He provides for us. And, quite frankly there are times when I think the fact that He provides for us through others is amazing, because let’s face it, working through failed humans and getting them to do what you want them to do  may be the most miraculous thing of all.

“So is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.”

Isaiah 55:11

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