Saturday, October 18, 2008

God Provided the Milk We Prayed For!

"We will not hide these truths from our children but will tell the next generation about the glorious deeds of the Lord. We will tell of His power and the mighty miracles He did. ...So the next generation might know them-- even the children not yet born--that they in turn might teach their children. So each generation can set its hope anew on God, remembering His glorious miracles and obeying His commands. " Psalm 78:4,6,7

As God has continued to bless the growth of the cow share program, we're finding it increasingly difficult to effectively manage the milk supply. Sometimes there is way too much milk and then at other times, we just barely have enough. Such was the case last weekend. God had sent us a wonderful new group of shareholders from Charlottesville who pretty much wiped out our milk supply just prior to our biggest delivery day on Monday. We knew we'd never be able to make the Monday deliveries without God's we all prayed, and prayed, and prayed some more. Every mealtime prayer included a request that God might help the cows to produce large amounts of milk.

Sunday night Timmy and I decided to milk for the older boys so they could enjoy a night off. As we began just after 6pm, I lined up all the jars in the "clean room" (where we filter and bottle the milk) needing to be filled to make the deliveries in the morning. As Timmy would announce from the milking parlor that another cow's milk was ready for pouring, I'd retrieve it and begin bottling, just praying that I'd fill at least 2 of the many lined up jars.

During the milking, which was uncharacteristically lengthy, I'd at times begin to doubt that we'd fill all the jars. But no sooner would I begin to imagine which shareholders I'd be calling to say there was no milk for them Monday, than Timmy would mention his confidence in God's ability to provide.

In order to make Monday morning's deliveries, we needed a total of 37 gallons of milk. The picture above tells the end of the story. Can you believe that the Lord met our need with only a couple of ounces to spare?! Although we didn't return from milking till after 11:30, and all the kids were in bed, I had to take a minute to make a note they would see as they awoke in the morning since I would already be gone delivering the milk. As Timmy and I turned out the lights and headed upstairs for a very welcomed night of sleep, we looked at each other and said, "He did it again! Do you believe God did it again?!!" God is so good.

May this miraculous evidence of God's provision be forever remembered by each of us during those times when we falsely assume God is silently removed from our trials. He is so very close and He can do anything!


karen said...

Dear Mrs. Alexander,
Your husband was right! I think your family is really nice. God provides for prayers and will answer with happiness and sometimes sadness. But, He answered in happiness for a nice family like yours. So keep on praying to God and He will provide.
Erin Sweeney

Deb said...

Joy, I love miraculous stories like this! Thank you for sharing. It was GREAT seeing you again at the shower.

Davene Grace said...

Joy, ever since Meredith posted a link on Facebook to your latest posting about the little cottage for sale, I've been enjoying going back through the archives of your blog. What a blessing it has been to see a family who loves God and each other and works together to help each other. I especially enjoyed this particular post about God's wonderful provision of milk! He is so faithful!!