“And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of His glory in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:19
My last blog entitled “The Painful Goodbye” shared the story of my daughter Hannah saying goodbye to her soldier and my granddaughters saying goodbye to their Daddy for nine months. I closed with a post from Hannah sharing her heart on that painful day. Her words blessed me as she declared she was choosing to trust God during this time and lean into her Jesus.
It has been three weeks since their goodbye, and God continues to provide and take care of them even on the hard days.
God’s first provision actually happened a year ago, as He assigned them to Hunter Army Airfield in Savannah, Georgia. Brandon could have been assigned to any other Army post but God provided an opening for him to serve at Hunter AAF – a mere four hours from our home. In fact, it is a straight shot down I-95!
Not only did God meet the need for a close location, but He also answered a specific prayer with the provision of a four-bedroom home on post. There home is just a five-minute drive to the hanger for Brandon and just four doors down from a dear family friend from our time at Ft. Bragg. Amber and her husband were a young military couple facing their first deployment when we met 14 years ago. Amber and Jamie became one of the military couples my husband and I encouraged during that challenging time in their lives, and now they would be there for my Hannah and her family. Only God could have planned such perfect provision. Lastly, the timing for their move from Ft. Rucker to Hunter, allowed for a door-to-door move right before Christmas last year. They did not have to wait a few weeks to receive their household goods but were able to move in right away. Brandon’s brother and my husband and I were able to help them get somewhat settled before Christmas day so they could celebrate in their new home.
Deep down I believe God answered my prayers to keep my precious daughter and her family close – ultimately, meeting the need of my Grandma’s heart to see my granddaughter’s often and be able to support them as a military family.
Fast forward to this nine-month deployment. One of Hannah’s best friends is her first cousin, Abbey. Abbey, her husband, and their three kiddos just happen to live right outside Atlanta, which is only a few hours from Savannah. What a beautiful example of how God orchestrated the plan in such a way that these two families could see each other often and encourage one another. Once Hannah knew the actual timeframe of deployment she planned a trip to spend a week with Abbey and her family. This was just one more way God provided for a week of fun memories and distraction as they were settling into their new normal with Daddy away.
I have shared some exact ways God provided for my daughter and her family to encourage you. God is in the middle of the plans and details of our lives. Take a moment and consider some of the ways He has provided for you.
Psalm 57:1 says “For my soul trusts in You: and in the shadow of Your wings I will make my refuge, until these calamities have passed by.”
Dear One, I do not know what challenges you are facing today but my hope is that you will choose, as my daughter did, to lean into Jesus – trusting Him as your refuge and help, allowing Him to provide for your every need. He is good and He is trustworthy.