My daughter, I must find a home for you, where you will be well provided for. (Ruth 3:1)

We were broke, and I was pregnant. Our home was cold and drafty, even in the mild autumn months, but certainly unsuitable for a baby due to be born in January. We had no health insurance. My blood pressure was a concern. We worked as musicians in a faith-based ministry, and our income was unpredictable. Our overused musical equipment was breaking down, endangering our livelihood even more.

We took every job we could find and saved every penny we could spare. I crocheted Christmas tree ornaments to make extra money. But the needs kept growing.

My husband prayed, “Lord, where are we going to get the money for all these needs?”

A gentle thought replied: “You don’t need the money for these things; you just need a warm home, a healthy wife and baby, and ministry equipment that works properly. Don’t limit me by including unnecessary steps. I will provide in my own way. Trust me.”

God proved true to his word. Our baby was born healthy. The hospital bill was canceled. Someone gave us a warm home, and others provided brand-new music equipment. Little of the supply involved any exchange of money.

Daily needs do not “let up” even in the midst of extreme pain, loss, or grief. Nevertheless, Naomi focused on her daughter-in-law’s needs before her own. God loved them both and was already preparing an unexpected solution.

Trust God with the way in which he plans to provide.

Laura Hurd is an ordained minister, pastor’s wife, and mother of four. She has a deep love for rural America and is passionate about its potential for spiritual growth.

© 2020 Wesleyan Publishing House. Reprinted from Light from the Word. Used by permission.

Scriptures taken from the Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV®.