Lessons from a porta potty

“My God shall supply all your needs.” (Philippians 4:19)

I am having surgery this week, and because of the coronavirus as part of the pre-op I was required to go to the downtown campus of the Cleveland Clinic to get a Covid 19 test.  So, Reid and I made the trek into the big city.  If you have never been to the Clinic’s downtown campus, let me tell you that it is a city within a city.  I was given an address for the garage where the test was to be ministered.  Unfortunately, it was not the correct address, so it took us a bit of a drive around the medical metropolis to find it.  Factoring in the duration of time it took to drive there, by the time we did arrive at the right location, I had an urge to use the bathroom.  And that urge was growing stronger by the minute.  Problem was, I could not see any facility that would help my situation.  When we turned into the parking lot for the garage where the test was to be ministered and saw all the vehicles lined up to take the exam, I knew I was in trouble.  Prayer was my only hope.  We entered the parking lot, rounded the first phase of it, and there it was – right in front of us.  A porta potty!  Smack in the middle of the parking lot.  Now, I am not a fan of porta potties.  I find them gross and unsanitary.  But desperate times call for desperate measures, and that porta potty at that moment was the most beautiful structure I could possibly lay my eyes on.  Thank-you, Jesus!

God promises in Philippians 4:19 that he will supply all our needs.  This is a commitment he makes to his children.  Every need.  Every supply.  In every situation.  So, allow me to ask you – what is your greatest need right now – in your life – today?  Is it in the realm of the material?  With job losses that so many are experiencing right now, there are wage losses.  Yet, there are still bills that need to be paid, and food needs to be put on the table.  Or perhaps your need is within your family.  We all have concerns about our spouses, children, perhaps aging parents.  We care about their physical, emotional, and spiritual conditions.  Or maybe your concern is your own physical and emotional health.  Everyone is experiencing a lot stress these days.  That stress can most certainly take a toll on our well-being. 

When God promises to take care of all our needs, he did not leave one necessity, hardship, difficulty, struggle, snag, or dilemma out.  When he said “all”, he meant all.  And his supply will come at just the right time, in the right place, from the right source. 

So, take a lesson from a porta potty.  I am.  Watch for God to meet your needs at a place, a time, and perhaps from a resource you might least expect.  Like smack in the middle of a parking lot!