In my evening class, there is a young woman from Mexico who is here working as a research assistant in plant biology. She came here only one month ago, so everything is new to her here. Last week as I walked out of the building, I noticed she was getting on her bicycle.
So last night thinking about a few needs she could have I did two things. One was to ask a few of the women in class, one from Cuba and one from El Salvador, if she could contact them for a ride if the weather is bad. They agreed and exchanged phone numbers. The other thing was to ask her if she has a bicycle helmet showing her pictures of them.
Further into her future time in my city the concern of being ready for winter came to mind. So I asked her if she had winter clothing. I am sure that sounded strange on a hot Nebraska July day, but knowing what is only four or so months away, I wanted to know. One of the women told her that she can help her go shopping.
Interacting with my student last night caused me to remember my habit of looking at the feet of my refugee students starting in October. The reason is that I want to observe if they are still wearing flip flops or sandals. If they are, I ask them privately if they have shoes out of a desire to make sure they are ready for cold weather.
Having taught and befriended people from many countries in my city over the past twenty three years, I know what to anticipate as possible needs they might have.
God knows what our needs are. He knows all of our needs. He knows our future. Jesus taught us that in Matthew 6:8:
Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.
God knows before we ask. But he still wants us to ask. Asking him is for our benefit not his. It helps us to grow in our relationship with God. It is comforting to realize God knows before we ask.
Thank you for reading. God Bless.