Give us this day our daily bread.
Seek first his kingdom and his righteousness and all of these things will be given you as well.
During our recent medical team in Honduras, I met a lady named Yulermi, who had a severe diabetic foot ulcer. She had gotten some local treatments and some supplies from the local health center. That day she had run out of supplies as had the health center. She was wondering what she was going to do when she heard our team was in the village. She came and we were able to care for her wound and provide some supplies for her. She was so happy! She wasn’t concerned about the fact that this wound may take months to heal if it ever heals at all. She wasn’t concerned that she may even lose her foot. She wasn’t worried about what would happen next week when the supplies we gave her ran out. She was happy because she had a need today and the Lord provided through us.
There are some lessons for me in my encounter with Yulermi. It reminds me of Jesus instruction to pray, Give us this day our daily bread. She was trusting God for her daily needs. I just need to focus on today and trust God in each moment. When we do that, we will be filled with joy as we see God meet our needs, moment by moment, instead of always worrying about the next need. I also need to trust him for all things. I’m sure if we could have had more time to talk, she would admit to having some concern over the seriousness of her condition and the uncertainty she was facing. However, her faith and trust in the Lord allowed her to overcome these worries. She knew the truth of Matthew 6:33, Seek first his kingdom and his righteousness and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. May we all learn these lessons from Yulermi.