Even though I’ve been a Christian for many years, I am still in awe of how amazing it is that God gives us just what we need, right when we need it — even if we don’t recognize at that very moment we are in need of something.
Let me explain. The other day I was on the phone with my in-laws and they were recapping an outing they had with my daughter, Joy. George, Janie and Joy had gone on an adventure to Burger King for lunch.
As they described what Joy did and how she didn’t like pickles on her hamburgers, an old memory came to the forefront of my mind. It reminded me of the first day I ever met Martin and Sarah Freeman, the couple I would grow to know and love as my grandparents.
This one particular day in the summer of 1985, they came to pick me up from one of the last foster homes I’d ever lived in. I was old enough to know that they were new people, and that they were taking me away from the last place I had ever seen my mother. Therefore, I didn’t really want to go with them. But after some time had passed, I got in the truck with them and we went to get something to eat.
I don’t remember the restaurant, how the food tasted or any other details of that place, but what I do remember is this: as I crawled into the truck with them, I was seated between the two of them, I looked up at the both of them, saw their faces and I knew then I was OK and I was safe.
Grandma Sarah and I talked about that day many times as I got older and she said they had never forgot how hungry I was, how scared I was and how, after leaving that place, I seemed to know that they were OK people to be around. As a matter of fact, I fell asleep on the way home after that.
I was finally at peace, I just didn’t know it at the time.
The restaurant we went to was Burger King. It isn’t that Burger King itself is the best place in the world to be, but the memories I have associated with it, which involves the people whom I grew to know as family, represents a new season of my life, and that means the world to me.
As I listened to my in-laws talk about how much fun they had with Joy, I thanked Jesus that Joy is blessed to have such great grandparents like her Ma and Da, and that she is getting the opportunity to have some sweet memories with her grandparents.
I wouldn’t trade those Burger King memories for anything in the world; it was the beginning of something new and great in my life — the beginning of me being a part of a family — and the path that I would be on to be introduced to my Lord and Savior.
There were many more trips to Burger King growing up, and all of them special. But everything about that special day in the summer of 1985 was all due to God’s perfect timing.
So as I said at the start of this column, Jesus always give us just what we need, right when we need it, even at times when we don’t know we need something. That is what happened this week. I needed to be reminded of that sweet moment in my life.
I needed to also be reminded that Jesus still loves that little scared girl that was just meeting her new family for the first time. And I needed to be reminded of God’s perfect timing.
Whatever it is that you are facing right now, He knows what you’ll need to get through it and He will equip you with tools to know how to face it. More importantly, you need to remember that His timing is impeccable.
I’ll end with this Scripture, “But my God shall supply all your needs according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus”(Philippians 4:19) — at just the right moment in your life.