Africa, Bekah's Heart, Devotional

God Provides for Nico, God Provides for Us

As I was looking for something in Psalms the other day, I came across a note next to these verses that reminded me of a little boy, Nico, that lived at the orphanage where I served in Africa back in June 2010.  The verses come from Psalm 145:

“The eyes of all look to You, and You give them their food in due season. You open Your hand; You satisfy the desire of every living thing. … He hears their cry and saves them, the Lord preserves all who love him.”

Nico, like I said, was a boy from the orphanage. He was probably 10 or 11 and had some developmental and physical disabilities which meant he spent most of his day learning in the nursery school instead of kids his own age. Despite that he was one of the most joyful and fun little boys to interact with.  One morning we showed up at the orphanage to hear the news that Nico had gotten frustrated with one of the house mom’s and in the night, he ran away.  We were all obviously concerned for Nico, knowing that no young boy should be out on his own, but especially one who struggled to communicate.  While we were very concerned, there was nothing we could do.

That day three of us volunteers decided to go into town to run some errands and grab some lunch.  On our way to the store, we suddenly saw Nico in the street, begging for food.  At first his inclination was to run, but Morgan, one of the volunteers who had been there for quite a while was quick on her feet to simply offer to buy him lunch.

There he was begging in the streets, longing for food and attention. Yet, back at Musana he had 3 warm meals a day and all the attention you could ever need. He was looking for his desires to be fulfilled in all the wrong places. All he had to do was trust the staff of Musana to provide, but he decided his way would be better and ran from the very protection and provision he was longing for.

We are not much different with God, are we.  Take a look at those verses again:

“The eyes of all look to You, and You give them their food in due season. You open Your hand; You satisfy the desire of every living thing. … He hears their cry and saves them, the Lord preserves all who love him.”

When we look to God, He provides ALL we need.  He opens His hand to bless us.  He satisfies our desires. He hears our cries and saves us.  Just like we hear Nico’s cry in the alleyway that day, saved him, got him something to eat and led Him home, Our God desires to do the same for us each and every time we turn away.

God, help us trust you for ALL that we need.

“And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things and at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.”  (2 Corinthians 9:8)

My friend Nico. :)
My friend Nico.

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