And God Sent Wipes
And God Sent Wipes
All I was feeling can be most accurately summed up in that one word. You would think that I would get the hang of this baby thing, Joseph is after all #6. But no, once again I had forgotten just how much work a cute little bundle of joy can be. I even remember thinking before he was born, “I’ve got it all under control. We are prepared.” When will I learn? There is a scripture that reefers to this attitude “Pride goes before a fall,” it says and can testify to its truth.
I really didn’t mean it as haughty as it might have sounded. I had just worked hard to try and do as much as possible before the baby’s grand arrival. Anyway, the day came and Joseph Jeremiah arrived. Our church family and friends responded so wonderfully and generously bringing delicious meals for over four weeks.
Now to get the full impact of the situation you have to know that we were also trying to sell our house at this time too. I know, I know, what were we thinking? Well I’ll tell you what we were thinking. We were thinking that the house would already be sold even before ‘little man’ came along, but we were wrong and now we had the double blessing of a new baby and house showings.
So between people bringing dinner, numerous gifts (therefore thank you notes), and house showings, all magnified by sleepless nights, I was feeling overwhelmed. My prayers were simple enough, “Please Lord, help this baby to sleep.” And, “Please Lord, come and sell this house.” The laundry was piling up and the thank you notes were going unwritten. I did not have the energy to go to the store, but really needed and wanted to get out. I knew that there were people who would go for me but everyone had already done so much, I would manage.
Then I noticed it. In a house with two in diapers and one in and out of pull-ups, I only had two wipes. I did not panic. In fact I shrugged my shoulders. It was an important discovery but compared to sleep and selling the house, it would have to take a back seat. About that time, LaDonna called about bringing dinner. It was going to be a bright spot in the afternoon; I had not seen her in quite a while and had missed them in our Sunday school class.
When she arrived she was full of energy and smiles. She had obviously been hard at work and had the glow of the joy of the Lord about her. She bounced in and out of the house bringing in not just one lasagna but two, one for the freezer. She also provided green beans, rolls and dessert. Then, clutching a blue plastic bag to herself she said, “This is the world’s strangest baby gift. I had intended to get diapers and wipes, because that is something every new family can use. But when I got home I discovered that I had forgotten the diapers and only got wipes. I know it’s strange, but…”
I couldn’t believe it, I was overwhelmed. I had been pleading with God about the baby and sleep and the house. He had seems so silent, and then He sent wipes. He sent wipes to say, “I am here and I do care. I care more than you know. I care about every little detail of your life. I even care about wipes. And I will supply all of your needs. Depend on me and trust me.”
I tried to explain all of this to LaDonna who listened attentively and who was humbled to have been used of the Lord. She was also encouraged that she had been obedient and brought in her gift even when she was a little embarrassed by it. We were both amazed how God had worked and proved Himself faithful, again.
No matter how big your current request is, do not forget to be on the look out for wipes. He is there with you where ever you are and what ever your need, He knows all about it. And just when you think you can’t and He isn’t he’ll send a little something to remind you that He can and is. Praise Him.