How are you?
One day in September last year (2019), I bought sushi rolls for my mom and me. There is our favorite sushi roll store in our old hometown. And now it became so famous that there are several branches across the city. It opened a brand-new store near our current place last year. The rolls in there are cheap, but still yummy. Mom’s and my favorite rolls in that store is their signature roll, the lowest priced with vegetable only. On that day, I bought four rolls at around US$7. And the owner of the brand-new store said to me, “Please, feel free to take these cucumbers, if you like. They are left-over after we prepared for ingredients for today.” They were peeled cucumbers, and she gave me one plastic bag of cucumbers. I was happy and grateful. I like cucumbers in some recipes such as pickled ones. But I am not a fan of raw cucumber. For some reasons, though, I had a craving for raw cucumbers over the last few weeks, before I went to the roll store. I didn’t want to buy any one for myself, as my mom is not a fan of cucumber too. Yet, I got six peeled cucumbers for free, when I bought US$7 of rolls. I had more than enough! When I ate a few cucumbers at home together with the rolls, I thought to myself, “The Lord really knows every single detail of me, and He provides!” Immediately after that thought, the song “Psalms 34” was being played in music channel on my mobile phone, and I heard the lyric, “Oh Taste and See that the Lord is good.”
I was also reminded of my time in Singapore. I can’t recall whether it was 2016 or 2017. I had a craving for spaghetti, somehow. But, whenever I went out for lunch with my colleagues, our “default” place to go was usually Singaporean local food courts. I like Singaporean local foods a lot, but somehow I really wanted to have spaghetti for so long at that time. Yet, I didn’t have a chance to go to a spaghetti place, nor did I ask my colleagues to go to an Italian restaurant. One day, the Human Resource department arranged a lunch meeting for a training and invited all employees in the office. When the employees got together in the pantry room for lunch and the training, I saw the company catered two menus: tomato sauce spaghetti that I wanted to have for so long and Thai fried rice! What a joy! Without a second thought between the two, I picked up spaghetti. I was so thankful, having my long-yearned and yummy spaghetti. I felt the Lord, indeed, is a good Father, One who knows every single detail of me. That was not the end. At that time, I liked Singaporean local snack, called “Butterfly Cookie,” which was hard and crunchy. It was not an expensive snack, and people could find and buy it from local supermarkets. But somehow, I was not able to find any in stock when I went to a nearby market. While I had a craving for that snack, I found a lady-employee, who cleaned the pantry had filled some snack boxes with butterfly cookies! I said to her, “Wow! Ana (pseudonym), this is my favorite! I’m glad that you supplied it!” Even after I thankfully had butterfly cookies from the company’s pantry room, Ana called me one day to a storage room, and she gave me bags of butterfly cookies she had bought for me. She was always nice and kind to me, and we still keep in touch with one another. I was so grateful to the Lord and Ana for their love.
When I think of the provisions of cucumber, spaghetti and Butterfly cookies, and while knowing they are not expensive that I couldn’t afford to buy them, I know our Heavenly Father is so kind that He wanted to provide them to me, when I had hunger for them. I recall the real story of Letta, Sister Margaret Seaward’s mother and her family in the book, “Letta in China.” I think it was when her family was under house arrest in China during the World War II by the Japanese soldiers. When Sister Margaret’s father had a craving for meats, I think it was a cat that delivered some meats to their house until the house arrest was over. It also reminds me of Elijah being fed by the ravens, and I believe our Heavenly Father would miraculously feed His children when we go through the Great Tribulation. Although we should prepare for self-supply since we cannot buy or sell any without the mark of the Beast, I believe He would provide us with our long-yearned and missed foods. I do not know whether it would be by ravens or by cats or by His Angels, but I believe the same Father, who provided me with cucumbers, spaghetti and butterfly cookie would continue to provide! Why do I believe? I tasted and saw His goodness, and I know He is faithful till the end.
Have a bliss!
The angel of the Lord encamps all around those who fear Him,