Welcome to His Name, My Purpose, a site dedicated to showcasing the incredible names of our Maker. Each name of God in the Old Testament is a revelation of God's attributes. As we are exposed to them, they broaden our kingdom view and modify our thinking and behavior. Even a small glimpse of God’s character can wash our ordinary routines with new motivation, and bathe our agendas with fresh vision. Enjoy your walk through the names of God.

March 3, 2012

Vitamin C Generosity

We looked so normal. Like any other family in our nice suburban neighborhood—large home, two cars, brood of kids, days filled with happy chaos. Despite appearances, months without an income had made our world quite different. A constant brainstorming of how to earn, what to sell, ways to eke by had beaten us down. As we fell deeper into the grips of our monetary losses, we began praying for groceries to feed our children.

My husband left early one morning to finish closing out one of his family’s restaurants in a city two hours away. He was surprised to find the walk-in freezer still running and full of meat. He also found a pantry full of staples. When he arrived home, my jaw simply dropped. Lavish meals, for months to come, lay before my eyes. Who knew God’s generosity would be so immediate and tangible.

As ecstatic as we were, we still lacked something. I was a trained dietitian, plagued to see each savory morsel of food in terms of its vitamin and mineral content. My grown children still tease me about packing their lunch boxes according to nutritional elements.  So, yes, we prayed for fruit. We gratefully thanked God for the abundance of protein and B-vitamin staples, then sheepishly asked for the vitamin C we still lacked.

Early the next evening, the doorbell sounded. As we pulled open the front door, a barrel of grapefruit, oranges, tangerines, and apples stared back at us—the doorbell ringer nowhere in sight. We ran into the yard trying to catch the one who had made the “delivery mistake.” It did not cross our mind that the gift may have been left intentionally for us.

My husband and I stepped back into the house discussing aloud how to find the rightful recipients of this bounty. That is when our five-year-old spied the goods. She danced around the house screaming, “Look what Jesus brought, look what Jesus brought!” The truth of her words melted our hearts and led us to marvel at our open-handed Lord through teary eyes.

The God who Provides, Jehovah-jireh, supplies food for the birds of the air, and He arrays the lilies of the field. We are worth much more than either of these to our heavenly Father (Matthew 6:26-30). The cross proves this lavish generosity. If God provided for our greatest need at the cost of His dearest love, is there anything He sees we need and won’t provide? Even the trivial, like Vitamin C?

Over the years, I have watched the Living God pour out His vast riches again and again in ways that shout of His deep and personal love for us. I cannot help but gratefully remain on my knees before this lavish Father.

            “He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how will He not also with Him freely give us all things?” (Romans 8:32)