The Great Production Meditations No.31: Provision
Mt 2:11 “they bowed down and worshiped him… and presented him with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.”
Have you ever read of God as Jehovah Jireh – the ‘God who provides’ or ‘God will provide’ (Gen 22:14)? He sometimes does it in strange ways but as this particular ‘play ends’ [yes, there’s lot more for another time perhaps] can we see these Magi, wise men, or kings, as that, God’s provision for this little family, gifts to be sold off to keep them going in a foreign land (Egypt Mt 2:13-15). Security comes from knowing you are being cared for. As we go into the next year, can we go with this security, this knowledge that God IS our provider. Amen?
We must leave our ‘play’ for other things in the New Year call for our attention; perhaps we may return to it at some future date for the great production carries on whether we are aware of it as that, or not. Life moves on and we are ‘players’ in it. Perhaps we are central figures in our small part, parents, employers, leaders, people who others look to. Perhaps sometimes we are just called to be ‘bit players’, those who have just a small part to play in some bigger drama, just a few words to be spoken that make sense of the whole thing for others. Maybe we are those who are on the receiving end of blessings, perhaps we are those who are to bring blessings.
The ‘wise men’ were, I believe, God’s means of provision for this little family at this time but they came as aliens from another land. They had travelled many miles over many days to get there and they had been guided by a ‘supernatural star guidance’. Sometimes we have to follow our star – our unique plan that God has for us, sometimes just ordinary day after day putting one foot in front of the other, while at other times we have a sense of amazing guidance being provided by God. But we have a God-given goal. It may have come with an amazing prophetic word, more often it comes with a sure inner sense that this is what we’re called to. As parents we’re called to be there creating a safe environment for our offspring and being the ones who provide for them, until the time comes when they stand on their own two feet and we stand in the background, praying, watching, still with them when they need us.
The Nativity play is all about the bringing into being a new family that would be all this for the Son of God. We’ve seen that behind it all is the plan of God, and the plan is going somewhere. The same is true of us, even if it does sometimes take us a long time to realise it! What is the part you are called to play today? It may require grace, strength, wisdom, patience, perseverance, endurance, self-sacrifice. We’ve seen all these things in this ‘play’ we’ve been observing, and God is good at providing all these aspects of love. Play your part well.