“And if anyone says to you, ‘Why are you doing this?’ say, ‘The Lord has need of it,’ and immediately he will send it here.” Mark 11:3
As a child I don’t think I ever worried about anything.
It never entered my mind to worry about what I was going to eat. I trusted that my parents, and the people into whose care they at times entrusted me, would take care of that need. And since that expectation was never disappointed I never learned to worry about it.
I never worried about clothing either. In fact it wasn’t until I was a teenager that I really enough cared about my clothes at all. What ever my parents gave me was fine.
Housing, transportation, education, safety, all of these things fall into the same bucket because there was never a need to worry about them. Of course, as time passed, and l entered into my high school and later my college years, I did have experiences that did taught me how to worry. Usually these experiences involved the execution of some project in which resources were required that were out of my normal ability to supply. As a husband, father, and pastor I’ve added to these adolescent experiences because there are always projects and needs that are, on the surface, outside of the normal supply line and it’s easy to worry about how those needs will be supplied.
The experience of the disciples, in our focus text, is an example to us that Jesus has provided for all our needs and some of that provision comes to us in ways outside the usual. If we’re doing what Jesus has told us to do we need to trust that he has provided. And when we come to those times when it seems that Jesus may have forgotten part of what is needed we need to be alert and listen because the Holy Spirit may point us in a direction we don’t usually take.
If the disciples could requisition a donkey colt from strangers with the words, “The Lord has need of it.” what’s stopping us from claiming what ever other blessing God may wish to supply?