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Potato Tote Bags

Read: Luke 12:22-34

“Which of you, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone?  Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake?  If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!”

Matthew 7:9-11 NIV


I’m not sure where the Senator’s Director of Agriculture found the advertisement.  What I do know was that he was excited.  After all, what says “Idaho” like a potato tote bag?  And what says “the Senator cares” quite like a free potato tote bag to be handed out to each conference participant?  There could be no doubt that it was the perfect gift.

After a morning of phone calls (most made for the purpose of finding out what the potato tote bags looked like – a question which even the seller seemed incapable of answering), the Director finally gave in and placed and order.  Assured that fifty tote bags were on their way, he went happily about his business and gave no more thought to the matter.

A few days later, the box arrived and, despite our Ag Director’s absence, I caved to the temptation and peeked inside.  Slicing through the tape, I pulled away the cardboard to reveal a stack of fifty… burlap sacks.  I frowned as I pulled one out of the box, unfolding it across my desk.  It was imprinted with a commemorative seal, but otherwise it was really quite an ordinary burlap bag.  A bag for toting potatoes?  Yes.  A potato tote bag?  No.

I giggled as I glanced towards our Ag Director’s office.  Traipsing across the room, I set the box neatly on his chair and draped one of the sacks over the top.  To this I attached a note which read, “Your Tote Bags Came!”  Then, I waited.

A few hours later, he returned to the office and, upon seeing the burlap bag, let out a laugh.  It was the kind of laugh that indicated that he thought I was pulling his leg.  After all, who asks for “potato tote bags” and gets burlap sacks instead?  Smiling to himself, he popped open the box, paused for a moment, did a double take, then let out a cry of dismay.  “Oh no! These aren’t tote bags!”

Fortunately, when we ask God for something, we can be guaranteed of better results.  Scripture assures us that our Heavenly Father both knows what we need and provides it.  What a blessing to know that we will never lack any good thing!

Challenge:  Just because God has promised to meet all of our needs doesn’t mean that He always meets them the way we expect or prefer.  Sometimes, instead of a full-ride scholarship, we end up in a work-study program or instead of a decent paying job, we find ourselves working a couple minimum wage gigs.  Whether God meets our needs His way or ours, we can rest assured that He will be faithful to take care of us.  Take a moment to write out a list of your needs and the ways in which God provides for each of them.  Then thank God for that provision!