When The Cupboard Is Bare


A dollar and a chicken! That’s all we had! Well there may have been a few more things in our cupboard, but do you get the picture?

It seems like just yesterday when we put our house up for sale, packed our belongings, and moved once again. Dave’s call to seminary meant leaving the beautiful rolling hills of Pennsylvania, and traveling half way across the country to the flat desert plains of Ft. Worth, Texas.

Two weeks after our arrival, we knew we were in trouble. Our house had not sold. The VA check had not come. We had two children to feed and no money for food. By the end of the day, we felt pretty desperate. Had we heard wrong? Did God really call us to this place?

It was perfect timing for the Lord to give us a visual of his provision. It came with a knock on our front door. When Dave opened the door, a young man stood on our front porch. At his feet were several bags of groceries, including a large sack of potatoes!

“I can’t pay for these”,  my almost speechless husband said.

“These groceries are a gift from the Lord—and that’s all you need to know!”

The young man left that day with a big smile on his face. A student himself, he no doubt understood how important it is to trust God for our daily bread.

Within a few days, thevVA Bill check arrived. Dave found a job to supplement our income for the next three years. Our house sold six months later, enabling us to buy a smaller home right across the street where our children went to school, only two blocks from the seminary.

We learned many valuable lessons during those years about God’s provision of manna in the desert. More than once, he showed up when our puny resources dried up.

He is the same God who fed the children of Israel with manna during forty years in the wilderness. The One who fed Elijah by ravens when the brook dried up. The Savior who fed the multitudes with two fishes, and five loaves.

He is Jesus—Yeshua—Salvation to all who call on his Name. Spiritual manna from heaven to fill the emptiness of our hearts.

When your heart is empty and you face needs you cannot provide for yourself or your family, remember Jesus still knocks at the door of our hearts. He promises to come in and provide whatever the need is.

Look! Here I stand at the door and knock. If you hear me calling and open the door, I will come in and we will share a meal as friends. Rev. 3:20