I am substitute teaching a Newcomer Refugee Class for a few weeks. It is a blessing for me to welcome newcomers to America knowing the trauma they have been through, and the mixed emotions they are experiencing such as joy for being here, fear of the unknown, and sadness to leave behind their lives in the their home countries that are not safe for them.
Having taught refugees from places that are always warm, one of the little things I do is look at their feet to see what they are wearing. I want to find out if they have shoes or not because even though it is summer time now, in three months it will be late September and cooler weather soon after that. I know what they will need before they will. Sure enough my 6 students, five from Burma and 1 from Sudan, were all wearing flip flops
Because I have lived in my city most of my life, I know what they will experience. I know what they will need before they will.
It makes me think about God our heavenly father and what Jesus taught about prayer in Matthew 6:
“Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him”.
God knows what we need before we ask. He knows because he is with us in the present and in our future at the same time. God does not have the boundaries of time. He created time for us to live in, but he is not bound by time. So he knows what is in our future because he is already there.
He knows before we ask.
But he wants us to ask, so we can grow in our relationship with him,
As someone who lives with chronic illness and the anxiety sometimes caused by the chronic illnesses I have, I take comfort in knowing that God already knows. But he wants us to come to him.
Thank you for reading. God Bless. 🙂