By guest author Marcia Washburn
God knows who you are. He knows where you live. And He knows what you need.
How often we forget these truths! We get bogged down in the daily details of making meals and making a living, teaching kids and training the dog. God seems like some remote being, removed from our daily lives. We call on Him only for emergencies — sickness, accidents, wayward children — and figure He’s busy with the rest of the world the rest of the time. It’s as if we think we only get a limited number of requests, so we’d better save them up for when it’s really important.
How little we understand our loving Father. Just as He was there forming our tiny bodies in the womb , so He is as close as our next breath. He knows when we are too weary to keep going. He knows when we are at our wit’s end in dealing with our family. He knows when our relationship with our spouse is deteriorating. And He cares . He cares about the tiniest details of our lives. And His care shows up in some very interesting ways.
When I visited the headquarters for Christian relief agency Samaritan’s Purse  in Boone, NC, I was fascinated to learn some of the details involved in shipping millions of Operation Christmas Child boxes around the world each year. People all over the country fill shoeboxes with school supplies, personal hygiene items, and toys for children who have very little. Volunteers inspect each box before shipping, removing any items that might spill or melt. Other than that, they respect the integrity of the box — whatever the giver places in the box stays in the box. As the boxes are delivered, the Gospel is shared and many come to Christ.
The guide told three stories about the shoeboxes. One shoebox had seven toothbrushes in it. It was given to a little boy who had never owned a toothbrush before. And he had exactly seven people in his family. At the distribution sites, no one knows what’s in any individual box. They are divided by age and gender only. God knew who he was, where he lived, and what he needed.
The second box was stuffed with a tape player and several music and Bible tapes. The child who “just happened” to receive that box was blind. He would have had no use for crayons or other things that most of the boxes were stuffed with. God knew who he was, where he lived, and what he needed.
A little girl living in an orphanage in Kazakhstan received a shoebox full of gifts. When she received the gift, she was happy, but she confided to her house mother, “I appreciate the gift, but what I really need is parents.” This Christian caregiver simply replied, “Well, just pray and ask God for parents.”
When the girl opened her shoe box, along with the wonderful assortment of gifts there was a card and a photo of the people who had given the box, a couple with no children. After praying, the little girl wrote to the donors, thanking them for the gifts and telling them how she was praying to God for parents. The American couple, touched by this little girl’s faith, found their way to her village in Kazakhstan to meet her and ended up adopting her.
God knew who that little girl was, where she lived, and what she needed. Out of all the shoeboxes distributed that day, this box was given to her. And in meeting her need, He also met the yearning for a family in the adoptive couple, building a family in a most unexpected way.
Just as was true for these precious children, it is true for you, too. God knows who you are, He knows where you live, and He knows what you need. Trust in knowing these truths.
About the Author: Marcia Washburn
©2007-2020 by Marcia K. Washburn who homeschooled five sons for nineteen years. Check out her website for more articles and resources at MarciaWashburn.com. For more encouragement, request Marcia’s free downloadable, Encouragement for Homeschool Moms here: MarciaWashburn.com/Encouragement-for-Homeschool-Moms/
 Psalm 139
 I Peter 5:7
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